The countdown for the return of Mississippi State football is down to 17 days as the Bulldogs will take on Louisiana at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Aug, 31 at 11 a.m. CT. Today’s spotlighted player is #17 Aaron Odom.
Coming out of Callaway High School in Jackson, Mississippi, Odom was rated as a four-star prospect who was considered the No. 1 defensive line prospect and No. 7 prospect overall from the state of Mississippi. He also ranked as the No. 22 defensive end in the nation and the No. 251 player overall in the country, according to Scout.com. He was considered to be a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
Heading into his senior campaign at Callaway High School, Odom was selected to the 2016 Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen, which is a collection of the top 12 rising seniors in high school football in Mississippi. During his senior season, the 6-foot-3, 273-pounder compiled 166 tackles, 28 sacks and 25 tackles for loss. He was named to the 2017 Parade All-American First Team for his efforts. In 2015, Odom earned all-state honors as a junior after a season where he recorded 124 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 18 sacks.
Odom originally committed to Mississippi State in April 2016 before flipping to Louisville on Jan. 18, 2017 after the Cardinals hired former Bulldog defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon for the same position. Ultimately, Odom thought about it and made the decision to sign with MSU on Feb. 1, 2017.
He redshirted as a true freshman with the Bulldogs. He then appeared in two contests over his debut season in 2018, recording one tackle against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 3.
Heading into the 2019 season, Odom will be in the rotation at the defensive end position. He has a high ceiling at the position because of his versatility as a pass-rusher. He loves to get after the quarterback and he plays with a lot of energy.