Shortly before MAC play begins for Kent State, their coaching staff was busy taking care of some business on the recruiting trail.
The Golden Flashes landed a commitment from defensive end Elkanah Odembo.
Odembo chose Kent State over reported offers from Bryant and UVA-Wise.
According to Game Break, Odembo compiled 23 tackles, five and a half sacks, on top of ten and a half tackles for loss as a junior for Manchester high school located in Midlothian, Virginia.
Shortly after his commitment, Odembo caught up with Hustle Belt to discuss his decision.
“I feel like Kent state is a family atmosphere everyone cares for one another and that’s big part in their play, they pride themselves in their game.”
His love for the state of Ohio, as well as seeing the success of James Harrison also factored into his decision.
When asked about what position he is being recruited to play while at Kent State, Odembo quickly responded that he will line up “more like James Harrison.” By the looks of it, Odembo definitely has the versatility to live up to it.
At 6-foot-1, 203 pounds Odembo is explosive off the block and possesses a high motor on defense. He even has some experience playing special teams in high school, which should put him at a significant advantage once he gets to college. His special teams prowess could be his ticket to early playing time and should allow him an opportunity to showcase his skills in hopes of carving out a significant role on defense.
All in all, Odembo is an under-the-radar prospect who has potential to turn into a steal for the Golden Flashes. Check out his junior highlights below: