O’Daniel, who is 6 feet 1 and 200 pounds, already has scholarship offers from Maryland, Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Purdue, Syracuse and Ohio. But his list could expand significantly in the next few weeks once college coaches see tapes of Good Counsel’s first few games. Before now, there was not much footage of O’Daniel playing linebacker.
“I didn’t like defense at all last year,” O’Daniel said. “I didn’t want to play a lick of defense at all. But the coaches talked to me and persuaded me to play.”
O’Daniel has visited Virginia Tech and was in attendance for Maryland’s season-opening victory over Miami.
“I like [Maryland] a lot,” he said. “It was a lot more than I thought it would be. I liked the crowd, the coaches were intense.”