After weeks of negative stories both on the roster and the recruiting trail, this past weekend was a good one for the Gators.
Florida received two commitments including a pledge from three-star tight end Jonathan Odon who is the son of former Gator All-American offensive tackle Jason Odom.
“Growing up, the Gators were always my favorite school and my dream school,” Odom told 1010XL. “I really tried to take the bias out of my decision and once I got into high school I didn’t go up to Gainesville one time.
“When I got the offer from them, I was really happy, but I still wanted to make sure I went and saw everything else and wanted to make sure that where I’m going is the best place for me. Not because of my dad but because it’s a place where I feel I can excel the most and be able to get developed the most.
“So after all the consideration, thought, prayer and talking to family, I was trying to find any school that could top Florida and I couldn’t find it.”
Odom, (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) from Tampa Jesuit, committed to Florida over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU and many others.
Odom’s father Jason played at the University of Florida from 1992-1995 including earning All-American honors in during the 1995 season. Jonathan Odom is proud that he will be able to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“It’s a great feeling,” Odom said. “In no way shape, or form did I feel any pressure from my family members to go to Florida, but it is a great feeling to know I’m going to run out of the tunnel just like my dad ran out of the tunnel. It’s like Coach (Dan) Mullen said, ‘it’s not a four year decision, but a 40-year decision.’”
Speaking of Dan Mullen, Odom praised his future head coach.
“I now there has been a lot of controversy surrounding his name in the past few weeks, but I think Dan Mullen is one of the best coaches in college football,” Odom said. “He’s the real deal and he’s a genuine guy.
“He treats Florida Gators like his family, if you’re a Gator than you are part of his family. He’s going to push guys to their limits and that’s something that I’m not afraid of and that I want because you will never know how good you can be until someone gets it out of you.
Odom was asked what type of player he is and what he will bring to the table for the Gators in the coming years.
“I’m the son of a Gator All-American offensive lineman and everyone wants to put me on the offensive line and that’s not me,” Odom said. “I’m a tight end that is willing to block, but I can also be a matchup threat. I feel like my best asset is my sneaky athleticism.”
Finally, Odom had this message for the Florida fan base.
“First off, I’m going to recruit my hardest and I’m going to turn into Florida’s biggest recruiter. Once I get to the University of Florida I’m going to work and we are going to continue to build this program to a national championship contender.”
Odom was joined by four-star defensive back Joel Williams (Baton Rouge, LA) as commitments this past weekend.
With the addition of Odom and Williams, the Gators currently have a top five rated class for the 2020 recruiting period according to 247sports.com.
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