The No. 31 player in the country, Lebanon, Pa. defensive tackle Jared Odrick took his first official visit last weekend to Florida. What did the 6-foot-5, 303-pounder think of his trip to Gainesville as the Gators handled Tennessee?
"The visit gave me a pretty positive outlook on Florida and it's definitely a school I could see myself going to," he said. "My flight got messed up so I was an hour later then I was supposed to be on Saturday, but once I got there I met up with the group and toured the stadium. I did the Gator walk with the team and met up with other recruits. I was also able to talk with some of the coaches before the game. Then I went to the game and it was great. Afterwards, I hung out with my host Darryl Gresham and some of the other recruits including Darrin Walls and Carl Johnson. On Sunday, I met with the coaches again and was able to talk to them some more."
What did the four-star prospect think of Florida's victory over the Volunteers?
"It was something else there," he said. "Florida did a really good job stopping Tennessee's potent run game and the defense played great overall allowing them only seven points and blocking a field goal, that's ridiculous. That is the loudest stadium I've been in and you can't hear the person next to you, it's amazing. You get goose bumps just being in the place. The Florida fans are crazy about football and that's something I look at, they have a big support base."
On his trip, Odrick had good conversations with a couple coaches.
"I talked to coach Meyer numerous times and I also had a good conversation with coach Mattison," he said. "I told coach Meyer in the locker room that I could play that defensive end spot and he said that's what they've been recruiting me as they whole time. He told me that they wanted and needed me to play and was very down-to-earth and is a young coach that can relate a lot better to the players. The thing about coach Mattison is that he's crazy and fired up. He's that kind of guy and is a big-time coach."
Overall, the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country gave his visit a 9.
"I couldn't find anything wrong with my visit and I'll probably only give a trip a 10 if I commit while I'm there," he said. "Of course right now Florida is leading because they are the only official I've been on, but I'm looking at the other schools just as much."
Odrick takes his second official visit this weekend when he heads to Blacksburg to check out the Hokies.
"Florida set a high benchmark and I'm looking to see if I enjoy myself on this visit like I did the last time I was at Tech," he said. "I want to see how they play and how the coaches handle their players. It'll be good to see the players live and in action. I'm just looking for nothing to change from the coaches. I hope they'll stick to what they said before because it's a great school and a great program. Last time I was there nothing was going on since it was summer and there were no students around, so I'm looking for it to be different. I can't wait to get down there."
This season the No. 3 player in Pennsylvania has helped Lebanon to a 2-1 start.
"We won last week 28-19 and my coach thinks I had perhaps not my best statistical game, but best game overall," he said. "I had five tackles, one sack, four fumble recoveries, one blocked field goal and 11 hurries. I also had a couple lead blocks on offense that lead to touchdowns.
Jared Odrick VideoClick "I'm pretty happy with how I'm doing considering teams are triple teaming me and running away. They scheme against me and the only thing I wish differently was to have more sacks. It's something I accept though since I've got all the scholarships and other successes."Here to view this Link.