The No. 30 player in the country, defensive tackle Jared Odrick took his final official visit of the recruiting season to Virginia this past weekend. The 6-foot-5, 303-pounder out of Lebanon, Pa. enjoyed his visit to Charlottesville despite the Cavaliers tough loss to in-state rival Virginia Tech.
"It was a great visit even though they lost. The people there made it great," he said. "I got there Friday and the first night my host was Jameel Sewell. I went out with him to the basketball game and just hung out. The next day I had breakfast with the coaches and went to the game. Afterwards, I went back and watched college football and then hung out with my other host Chris Long. Last time I was there, I hung out with Chris and again I had a great time with him. I got along with all the guys and it was a lot of fun.
"Today, I met up with coach Groh and Belin. They just told me how important I am to the program and how much they want me. Coach Groh specifically said that he felt I went about the recruiting process the right way to see all the schools as many times as I wanted."
Despite the rough 52-14 loss to the Hokies, Odrick still enjoyed watching the game.
"It was still good for the most part as I saw the guys play hard, they just couldn't execute," he said. "The wide receivers had trouble getting open and Marques Hagans couldn't find anybody, the thing is Virginia Tech is a good team. The loss didn't really affect my visit, the mood of the loss can, but that's about it.
"In the game, I did see that the line made some good stops in the running game. Things weren't going there way on Saturday, but at least I got to see the players give it their all."
The four-star prospect rated his visit an eight.
"The game did put a damper on the visit, but it was still great," he said. "I had a great time with the players and coaches and I felt comfortable around them. I'd still say they are up there for me, but I'm not comparing any of the schools."