ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- His contract won’t be official for a few more days, but Barry Odom is not waiting for that formality as he seeks to mold the University of Missouri football program in his own image.
He’s been spending time on the recruiting trail here in St. Louis, visiting players like Kirkwood RB/DB Jerod Alton, who had verbally pledged to Gary Pinkel’s program, and schools like O’Fallon (IL) Township High School, home of another Tiger commit, Kicker Tucker McCann.
Thanks for new #Mizzou head coach Barry Odom for stopping by school and spending at O'Fallon.
— O'Fallon Football (@OFallonFootball) December 7, 2015
Odom also appears to be making new runs at players who have already pledged to other schools, with offers out to East St. Louis OL Trevour Simms (Illinois) and Lafayette TE Brendan Scales (Alabama).
According to Rivals, Simms may visit Columbia this weekend. Scales, however, was more blunt about his situation.
Odom is expected to retain Cornell Ford and Andy Hill from the Pinkel staff. Ford was responsible for recruiting St. Louis, while Hill has had responsibility for the Kansas City area.
Odom’s contract is expected to be approved by the Board of Curators later this week during meetings at UMSL on Thursday and Friday.
High school seniors cannot sign binding letters of intent to play football until February 3, 2016.