6-2, 235-pound linebacker Quillie Odom is still working to make the grade academically, but he is confident he will do so and plans to arrive at Virginia Tech in the first summer school semester later this year. Odom has two more months left at Hargrave Military Academy, and he is currently doing well in the classroom and in the weight room.
“I’m focused on my classes right now,” Odom said. “I’m taking two Math classes and two English classes. I’m getting As and Bs right now. I might just go for that. I’m not even sure about the [SAT or ACT]. I’ll probably take those again, though.
“Everything is covered if I finish out well in these classes. I’d just need to get the grades, send in my transcripts and send everything to the Clearinghouse. Then, I’d be good.”
Hargrave postgraduate head football coach Robert Prunty raved about Odom’s talents last August. Of the former Osbourn Park (Manassas, VA) star, Coach Prunty said, “I would be very surprised if Odom doesn’t start at Tech his first year. He is the best linebacker I’ve coached since [former UVa and current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker] Ahmad Brooks. He’s that good. This kid plays at another level. Once he caught on, I saw that this is the best linebacker I’ve coached since Ahmad Brooks.”
Odom ended his Hargrave season with a lot of confidence, racking up about seven sacks on the year from the middle linebacker spot.
“It was incredible,” Odom said of playing at Hargrave this past season. “We went against teams like Tennessee and West Virginia. To go up and play in those atmospheres was great. All of the games got me prepared for the next level. And the inner practice competition was great, too. We had great linebackers, so I really had to work hard. I showed Coach Prunty what I could do and he said right away that I was the most polished linebacker they had.”
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