TAMPA — As Jesuit High’s Jonathan Odom watched tight end Kyle Pitts have a breakout season at Florida, he began to wonder what the two could do together.
Odom will find out in a few months after signing with the Gators on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
“I can’t wait to get up to Florida and learn from him,” said Odom, a three-star prospect. “He does a lot of great things that can really help my game. I see me and him being a really dynamic duo in the future.”
It won’t happen immediately. Odom is still recovering from a shoulder injury sustained during the season. His rehab likely will continue even after he arrives at Florida this spring, but he expects to be ready long before the season begins.
Odom was joined at Jesuit’s ceremony by five other football signees: Four-star offensive lineman Connor McLaughlin (Stanford), Furman-bound Lex Capitano and three Army recruits (Brett Gerena, Raleigh Oxendine and Spencer Williams).
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Odom is the lone member of UF’s top-10 class who signed directly from a Tampa Bay high school. Four-star defensive lineman Johnnie Brown started his prep career at Middleton before moving to Sebring.
“I think we’re really developing a strong class…” Odom said. “I think this class is going to be something special and is going to bring a national championship to the University of Florida.”