College Football: Long, winding road brings Odiari to State
For a few days, there used to be a mystery player on the field for Texas State.
An unknown walk-on defensive end from West Texas A&M quickly ascended the ranks to work out with the first-string defensive line. That player took over the spot of Jordan Norfleet, who started all 12 games opposite Jamie Clavell-Head in 2012.
All right, Mr. X has a name. Michael Odiari just didn’t want it to leak out.
“To be honest with you, my parents don’t even know I’m doing this,” Odiari said with a laugh. “They don’t want me to do this and I don’t even know how they’re paying for me to be here, but that’s why I’m trying to earn a scholarship.”
Mr. and Mrs. Odiari, if you’re reading this: your son is well on his way to earning a permanent spot with the Bobcats.
“He’s having an impressive spring,” Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione said. “All of our linemen say he’s tough to block.”
It’s been quite a long, but circuitous path for Odiari to return to the Bobcats.
Back in 2010, Odiari received a preferred walk-on offer from Franchione and his staff following the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game. Odiari played alongside current Texas State safety Justin Iwuji at Hebron High.