October 21, 2020

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Diamond In The Rough: Tre Odom

Tre Odom is strong safety out of Lufkin High School. Standing at 6’00” tall and weighing 185 pounds Odom has prototypical safety size with a frame that can put on more weight. In the weight room he has strong numbers as well, squatting 435 pounds, benching 245 pounds, and power cleaning 245 pounds. Odom shows natural football instinct and combined with his impressive athleticism; he is involved with nearly every play. Odom shows versatility with his tackling being able to bring people down from many different angles, and able to hit someone high as well as go low and take out players legs. Tre has committed to ULM.

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When did you start playing football?

I started football when I was about four or five. My parents forced me into it, my dad played and wanted me to love the game like he did, thankfully I fell in love with it quickly. 

When did you fall in love with football?

It was my first game, my dad said I would not score a touchdown, I said I would, and he bet me $100 if I scored. When I scored my first touchdown, the feeling I got was amazing, plus I was going to get $100. 

Do you think starting football so young has helped you?

For sure. I think I have a higher football IQ than most players and I have had more time to learn about football in a situational sense. My technique is also more refined, and I played few positions before settling at safety and knowing how other positions play and operate also gives me an advantage.

What is your favorite thing about football?

I am a competitor; I love to win, and I do everything I can to win. Football allows me to show of my competitiveness. The nature of football, I feel allows me to shine more so than other sports.

What qualities or values make you the player you are?

I do not know if this has come from playing for so long, or if it is natural, but I have a knack or for finding the ball, I see myself as a ball hawk. I am also aggressive and a playmaker.

What are your hobbies outside of football?

I have a good relationship with my family, so I like to spend time with them. I also have two horses, named Star and Sunshine, I try to ride them often.

What has football taught you off the field?

Discipline, I am determined and do the things I need to be successful in all aspects of my life. Without football I do not think I would be successful in life as I am. I owe a lot in my life to football, directly or indirectly.

Has football helped you overcome anything in your personal life?

Yes, when my grandmother died, my teammates where like my brothers and supported me. They would come to the hospital with me. We had a game the next day and I do not think I have seen my teammates play harder, and we won the game.

Who is your biggest role model?

My parents. They have always supported, especially with football, making sure I always got to practice on time as kid, and getting me what I needed to succeed. I would not be the player or the person I am without the90-okm.

What is the hardest part of playing strong safety?

I am one of the leaders on defense so not only do I have to know my assignment, but I have to know all of my teammate’s assignment. I must make sure our alignments and positioning is correct.

What is the easiest part of playing strong safety?

Like I said, I am a ball hawk, so my vision and ability to find the ball is something that has always come easy to me. Flowing to the ball is fun to me, I want to be involved with every play, I guess that is where it comes from.

What are your goals for the season?

We have a really good team this year, and we have a chance for states. We all have this goal and the team is working hard, and something about this year feels different than other years. Winning states my senior year would be dream come true.

What is your favorite memory from football? 

It was the playoffs last year, I do not remember if it was the third or fourth round, but we played Longview. We played at Stephen F. Austin, the atmosphere of the game was amazing, even though we lost, seeing all the people tailgating and the crowd throughout the game is something that I will never forget.