It's all about the environment
Tay Odoms
Tay Odoms

Posted Jan 24, 2008

Tay Odoms is in the middle of the recruiting process. He's already taken three visits and now he has two more left. caught up with the Pahokee, Fla. standout to talk about the latest.

"Everything's been good," Martavious Odoms said. "I've been chillin ever since the all-star game."

The All-Star he speaks of is the North/South Game, which was played in Lakeland back in late December. Odoms was the MVP of the game, thanks to an outstanding individual performance.

"It was fun," he said. "The competition was good, more of what we'll see in college. I just wish we would've won the game though."

Odoms, 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, has already taken three recruiting trips and he has two more scheduled. His first trip went to Auburn.

"I went to Auburn with Tay Miller and Janoris Jenkins back in November," he said. "I liked that visit. There was a lot going on because of the game and everything. I liked the coaches and I like how balanced their offense is."

Odoms then went to South Florida on January 11. He talked about that visit.

"I went to USF by myself. I had fun there," he said. "Coach Leavitt has been recruiting me since my ninth grade year so he knew all about me. I enjoyed that trip."

Odoms and teammate Jatavious Miller took in West Virginia last weekend.

"It was very good," he said. "I got a chance to meet a lot of the players, sit down with the coaches. I like it there."

Next up is a visit to Miami, scheduled for this weekend.

"I'm going there by myself," he said. "I like how they run the same offense that we do here. I know I'll be successful in that. But I'll need to see what it's really like there on my visit this weekend."

Finally, Odoms will finish out the visit schedule by taking a trip to Michigan next weekend.

"I go there on the first," he said. "I don't know much about them because I've never been there. The coaches were recruiting me from West Virginia and then it carried over."

The talented receiver said he's not ready to name a favorite just yet.

"It's hard to compare them since I haven't seen them all," he said. "The ones I've been to, I liked. I gotta see how these next two go."

Odoms knows exactly what he'll be looking for in a school and he talked about those things.

"It'll all come down to how comfortable I feel," he said. "When I surround myself with the players and coaches, I wanna feel comfortable, like a family. You gotta see how they are outside of football since that's so much of when you're there. I like being around positive people and that's what I want when I go off to college. Mainly, what everyone is like outside of football is the main thing. It's all about the environment away from football."

Inside the classroom, Odoms carries a 2.5 core GPA and is waiting on his ACT scores to come back. He scored a 15 the first time.

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