BY TOMMY PRIDDY
When the Murphy Fair high school football preview books hit the newsstands later this summer, Henry County High School’s Jawon Odoms will be one of the players featured on the cover.
Patriot head coach James Counce Jr. announced Thursday that Fair had chosen Odoms to be the third HCHS player on the cover. Previously, Marsalis Teague and Andrew Jelks had been on covers of the book.
Odoms will be a senior defensive back/wide receiver for the Patriots this fall.
“I am so blessed to have made it this far,” said Odoms on Thursday at HCHS. “I want to thank Coach Counce and the coaching staff for everything they do for us. They have given me an opportunity to play at a high level. That has led to me getting a lot of attention for possible scholarships and a chance to play at the next level. I am just so proud of this honor.”
He led the Patriots with 22 catches for 501 yards and two touchdowns on offense last season. On defense, Odoms was in on 41 tackles with two interceptions
Odoms said the recruiting lines have kept him busy with Memphis, Arkansas State and Indiana having made offers to him.
“Coach (Charles) Clark at Memphis has really been on me a lot and to tell you the truth, I’m thinking about them. I have family in Arkansas and it feels kind of like being at home. I’d like to stay pretty close to home, that’s important to me,” said Odoms.
Odoms said he wasn’t in any hurry to make a decision, however. He wants to let the recruiting process play out and probably won’t make a decision until after midseason this fall or after the season is over. He said teams are talking mostly about him playing defensive back and that he likes playing cornerback best.
He was joined at HCHS on Thursday by his brother, John, who earlier this spring signed to play basketball at Bethel University in McKenzie. The Odoms brothers have been working out at home during the stay-at-home order caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I have been running some and doing some pushups,” Jawon Odoms said. “Coach (Jay) Gregory had sent some things for me to work on, so I’ve been working out around the house.”
He thinks the Patriots have an opportunity to be a very good football team this fall.
“I think we can have a pretty good team. We have to put in a lot of work and everyone has to show up to work hard and to listen to what the coaches are telling us to do,” said Jawon Odoms.