Posted 15 August 2005 - 07:30 PM
Linebacker - LB
Height: 6-1 Weight: 225
Hebron High School
One of the better linebacker prospects in Texas, Odiari will come to Oklahoma State with all the physical tools to become a very good player in Division I-A. For his senior season, Odiari had 108 total tackles, 18 tackles for losses, eight quarterback sacks and one fumble return for a touchdown. His 4.6 speed will certainly be an asset for the Oklahoma State defense. Odiari was a High School All-American according to recruiting guru Max Emfinger, and was also first-team all-metro, first-team all-district and the District 9-4A's Most Valuable Defensive Player according to the Dallas Morning News. Other schools that recruited this talented defender included Texas Tech, TCU and Arkansas. Personal: Born June 11, 1987, in Enugu, Nigeria, Alex is the son of Johnny and Dorothy Odiari. He is planning a marketing major at Oklahoma State with the goal of being a sports agent.
Posted 06 September 2005 - 09:38 PM
Getting to know the newcomers: Alex Odiari
Courtesy: okstate.com Release: 08/30/2005
Alex Odiari is a talented linebacker, who's 4.6 speed
will be an assest for the OSU defense.
Q: Coach Todd Bradford is your linebacker coach. How has it been working with him so far?
A: Coach Bradford has been treating me really good. He’s been staying up on me and making me work hard. He’s pushing me every way he can to make sure I can do everything I can do.
Q: You played high school ball in Texas, which is a pretty big deal. Is there any comparison to it and the college game so far?
A: In high school you get a lot of hype and attention because Texas is such a big place for football. If you’re a top recruit there, you can pretty much play anywhere. I was already in pretty good shape, but coach (Rob) Glass helped me get in better shape. The first two weeks are a very fast at this level, but now it feels normal. That and the guys are bigger.
Q: Who was your favorite player growing up?
A: My favorite player is Ray Lewis. He has a lot of heart and leadership.
Q: It’s early on, but you’re thinking about being a sports agent. First off why?
A: Because I know how to talk. I could convince people to get money from them. I will have ways to talk to make you think it’s a good deal. If someone doesn’t want to deal, I’ll keep on bugging them until they make up their mind.
Q: If you were Terrel Owen’s agent, how would you handle the situation?
A: If I was T.O.’s agent, I’d call Andy Reid and tell him my man is not showing up until he gets his money. T.O. is one of the best receivers in the NFL, just behind Randy Moss. As far as I believe, he’s one of the top players in the league, so I’d ask for a trade. I would then get him to play for the Baltimore Ravens, so he could play with Ray Lewis and they could get a championship.
Posted 03 April 2006 - 09:09 PM
Coach reported tonight that Alex acheived a 3.8 GPA in his first semester at OSU. Way to go, Alex.
Also, Alex has made 1st team LB in the Spring practices at OSU. Should start as a Soph next season.
Posted 11 August 2006 - 08:16 AM
Eccentric Odiari on verge of becoming a starter
By Mike Baldwin
OSU linebacker Alex Odiari, who is from Nigeria, is known
for bringing a stuffed monkey to team meetings.
Photo by Matt Strasen
STILLWATER - Alex Odiari refers to himself as Da African.
Oklahoma State teammates choose other terms to describe the eccentric sophomore linebacker, a native of Nigeria whose story is as unique as his personality.
“That dude wears pajamas and brings a stuffed monkey to team meetings,” said linebacker Rodrick Johnson. “That’s how crazy he is. That’s Alex. He’s loud. Alex likes to play around and have fun. He’s going to have to grow up some day.”
Constantly in trouble in junior high and high school in the Dallas area, uplifted by a life-altering living arrangement with a new family, Odiari is on the verge of becoming OSU’s starting weakside linebacker.
Football terminology and strategy are a foreign language to Odiari, who moved to the United States at age 10. Unlike other boys in Texas, Odiari knew one sport - soccer. He assumed NFL games were movies. Pregame highlights were previews. Starting lineups were opening credits.
His first year to play football, in the seventh grade, Odiari once tackled the quarterback.
The problem was Odiari was the running back. Frustrated the play had broken down, Odiari tackled his quarterback.
A few weeks earlier, after completing his first ever football practice, a year removed from living in Africa, Odiari asked his coach when he got paid. He heard on television Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith and New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor made big bucks.
“I was doing the same things those guys were doing,” Odiari said. “I didn’t know any different. One coach said, ‘Here’s what we’ll pay you.’ He handed me a bottle of Gatorade.”
A powerful running back, Odiari, 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, didn’t really blossom until after coaches at Carrollton Hebron moved him full time to defense. Undersized for a defensive lineman, Odiari excelled as a nose guard. His senior year, he compiled 108 tackles and was named defensive MVP in his district.
“He’s a very tough, physical kid who will put a lick on you,” said OSU linebackers coach Todd Bradford. “Last year he traveled to every game. That was a big benefit to him... What he needs to work on most his mental understanding of what we’re doing. That’s the thing he always has to work on. He’s not there, yet.”
It was obvious early on Odiari had talent, but he found trouble. His parents’ stay-at-home rules were like caging a lion. Odiari’s effervescent personality needed an audience. He found friends in the wrong places, trying to fit into his new American lifestyle.
When he was in the eighth grade, his parents became so frustrated they sent him away for six months to a disciplinary camp 85 miles east of Dallas. When Odiari returned, his problems continued for nearly two more years.
The turning point occurred the summer before Odiari’s sophomore season. A one-night stay over with senior teammate Daniel Foster turned into a week, a couple of months, eventually a permanent arrangement. Odiari’s parents embraced the transformation. They signed guardianship papers so he could live with Johnny and Dorothy Foster, who had raised three sons.
“Alex has a good heart,” said Johnny Foster. “He’s one of the hardest working young men I’ve seen. He likes attention. He just wanted to fit in and be loved. When he found us he found a way to express himself, someone to laugh at his foolishness. We counseled him. We gave him discipline and boundaries but were more tolerant of his personality.”
Hebron coach Brian Brazil recalled a story of when Odiari was in the school cafeteria, and would playfully ask fellow students if they were going to eat everything on their plate. Given permission, Odiari would reach over, grab the food and chow down.
“I told him, ‘Alex, you’re just having fun but they might not take it that way,’ ” Brazil said. “I told him, ‘You’re so big, you can intimidate people. Some kids might be scared of you.’ He thought I was joking. He didn’t realize some kids were uncomfortable with his antics.”
In high school, Odiari plugged holes and chased quarterbacks and running backs. The switch to linebacker has forced him to learn zone coverage responsibilities and various assignments.
“I don’t know if he understands the X’s and O’s on the board,” Foster said. “He doesn’t really have that background. He needs to actually experience it on the field. English is his second language. Sometimes people still don’t understand what Alex actually is saying.”
The stuffed monkey was purchased during a recent weekend trip back home to Texas. While visiting the Fosters and his parents, Odiari recalled he had $7 left on a gift card. The monkey, who he has named “Sweetness,” cost $7.
“I like being different,” Odiari said. “I’m loud. I’ll make a dumb blonde comment because I don’t understand some things. But I believe I’ve come a long way. You notice they’ve given me a lot more responsibilities this year. They see the player in me. I’m trying to earn their trust to where I can stay in there.”
Edited by HebronHawk, 11 August 2006 - 08:17 AM.
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