Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: Arkansas Will Entertain a Host of Football Recruits This Weekend With Few Slots Left

by Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst  on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 1:08 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas will host over two dozen recruits this weekend with prospects from all around the nation slated to be on the Fayetteville campus.

One less-familiar name among the recruits visiting is St. Augustine (Fla.) fullback Tarek Odom (5-foot-10, 254 pounds, 4.9 in the 40-yard dash). Odom is also considering Florida State, Arkansas State, Florida International and Eastern Michigan. Arkansas' Kris Cinkovich is the lead recruiter on Odom.

"I played defensive tackle most of the year, but played a lot of fullback in the playoffs," Odom said. "Arkansas is recruiting me to play fullback. Arkansas said they will determine while I'm there if they plan to offer me or not. Coach Cink, I like him a lot. He's a nice guy. It goes really well when I talk to him and I'm very interested in Arkansas."

St. Aug went to the fourth round of the state playoffs before being eliminated.

"I feel I had a good season," Odom said. "As I said, I did play more defensive tackle, but I did well in the playoffs at fullback."

Since he has limited experience at fullback, Odom said that shouldn't hurt him if he goes to a school like Arkansas or FSU where they want him to play fullback.

"We had a couple of screen passes to the fullback in our offense, but I was used mainly to block and run the football," Odom said. "I feel I'm a good blocker and I'm very hard to bring down when running with the ball."

Odom observed Arkansas' 10-3 season and also watched the Sugar Bowl that saw the Razorbacks lose a heartbreaking 31-26 decision to Ohio State. Arkansas blocked a punt late in the game, but failed to capitalize on it and the Buckeyes held on to win the game.

"I thought Arkansas had the game won," Odom said of the blocked punt. I was impressed with Arkansas' season. I thought they were going to run it in when they blocked the punt, but they didn't. Still, I thought they had it won, but it didn't work out for them."

This weekend's visit won't be the first trip to Fayetteville for Odom.

"I went to a football camp there a few years ago," Odom said.

While Odom is unlike many out-of-state recruits visiting who have never been to Fayetteville, Odom will be looking at a few different aspects of Arkansas' program.

 

 

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