The No. 31 player in the country, defensive tackle Jared Odrick out of Lebanon, Pa. took his second official visit of the season to Virginia Tech this past weekend. The 6-foot-5, 303-pounder enjoyed his trip to Blacksburg taking in Virginia Tech's impressive 51-7 victory over Georgia Tech.
"Virginia Tech is a better situation than I thought it would be for me playing defensive tackle. I like the way they run the defense and blowing out the No. 15 team in the country, Georgia Tech 51-7 says something," he said. "I was hosted on the trip by Barry Booker, Sean Glennon and Eddie Royal. I had a good time with them and it was fun.
"I got down there and walked with the team to the stadium past the fans and went to the game. Afterwards I went to Beamer's restaurant and hung out with players that night. Then on Sunday I met with the coaches and talked to coach Wiles and Ball. I watched tape of the game and saw exactly what position I'd be playing and what I'd be doing. It was a really relaxing official visit."
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A big part of Odrick's trip was to witness the game and fans.
"The game was great and they played really well and it was a good time," he said. "The atmosphere at Tech is great. I've always heard it's one of the better atmospheres in college football and it was great doing the walk with the fans and also a little weird as a bunch of fans knew me from the internet. On the field, I watched Darryl Tapp play a lot and he has a nonstop motor and I like the way they rush the quarterback and do stunts. I was impressed with the defense and I learned a lot more of what I'd do if I came here, it's a great situation."
Overall Odrick rated his trip a 7 or 8.
"You know 10 would be me coming down and committing and it wasn't that," he said. "It was a good relaxed trip and I like this place. I like the feel you get from the coaches and players."
Last week the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country and member of the Rivals100 took an official to Florida. How did the visits compare?
"It's a tough comparison because Florida was great and it's great here too," he said. "I'm not sure what's going to happen, but it's going to be tough. I like both schools very much. You always come away thinking the last school you visited is your favorite, but it's even right now and hard to say."