4-Star DE Aaron Odom Flips From Mississippi State To Louisville

    Four-star defensive end Aaron Odom flipped his commitment from Mississippi State to Louisville, giving the Cardinals 23 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class.

    January 19, 2017

    Four-star defensive end Aaron Odom flipped his commitment from Mississippi State to Louisville, giving the Cardinals 23 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class. 


    Bobby Petrino’s Cardinals are slowly making their way up the 2017 recruiting class rankings, as they now find themselves at No. 15 with 23 total commits.

    That’s a two-spot improvement thanks to 4-star prospect Aaron Odom, who committed to Louisville Wednesday night. His pledge comes on the heels of the addition of 4-star offensive guard Caleb Chandler, who’s decision became much easier when Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers took the same position on Petrino’s staff.

    Odom, who’s from Jackson, Mississippi, is ranked as the No. 22 defensive end and No. 251 overall player in the country. He released a statement regarding his decision to flip from the Bulldogs to the Cardinals.

    “After a lot of prayer and careful consideration, and with the blessing of my family, I am officially shutting my recruiting process down. And I will be officially furthering my academic and football career at the University of Louisville. I want to thank Coach [Dan] Mullen, Coach Patrick Austin and the entire Mississippi State family. Fortunately for me, I’ve found a great place to play, a place that really needed me the most, and tremendous coaching and fan base, along with a bright future. Furthermore, I am a Louisville Cardinal.”

    At 6-foot-3, 260 pounds Odom is an athletic defensive end and moves well laterally. There’s a chance he evolves into 3-4 edge rusher, but he needs to refine his pass rushing skills and learn how to make himself skinny when attacking the pocket.

    Note: Scout rankings, ratings and photos used in this article.

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