Saturday’s big victory over Florida State certainly energized the fans and the program, but it also impressed top recruits that were in attendance. TheSabre.com caught up with several top targets, including 4-star defensive tackle Jared Odrick and outstanding athlete Brent Vinson . to get their impressions of the win and updates on their recruitment.
Jared Odrick , a 6-5, 300-pound prospect out of Lebanon (PA), was in attendance for another upset just a week before when Penn State beat Ohio State. Saturday was key for a lot of reasons, but certainly key in the recruitment of Odrick. The experience at Penn State was reportedly extremely impressive.
“It was really something else,” Odrick said of Saturday’s game. “I had a great opportunity to see two upsets recently in Penn State/Ohio State and now Virginia/FSU. [The Virginia game] was a great atmosphere. The fans were great. I liked the way Coach Belin and Coach Golden used the d-linemen. It was great to see Chris Long , who is someone I think I can call a friend, do well. I felt a part of the win.”
A skeptic initially of his position in UVa’s 3-4 defense, Odrick seemed very impressed with the scheme following the game.
“I liked how they used Chris, Kwakou and the other players,” Odrick said. “I was surprised, to tell you the truth, at how much they let them go after the quarterback. It’s not like an old school 3-4 defense, where the linemen just stand up the offensive linemen. There was a lot of stunting and they were aggressive.”
Odrick plans to return to Virginia next month for the Virginia Tech game, which will be an official visit. He has already taken official visits to Florida and Virginia Tech and has officials to Penn State (October 28th) and Georgia (November 11th) scheduled as well. At this point, he says “I still plan to stick with taking all five visits” before committing.
Asked if he still planned on announcing his decision at the Army All-American Bowl in January, Odrick replied “So far, yes.”
As for the Penn State visit, Odrick had the following comments.
“It was great,” Odrick said...
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