ODU – Making waves on the Beach in Recruiting

ODU’s Bobby Wilder and staff are Aiming High in 2015 for more recruiting  Victories

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Old Dominion continues to make an impression on future college football players as they offer an outstanding number of prospects to become future Monarchs.  The aggressive recruiting campaign/ strategy 353 has created an interest, but ultimately a great recruiting team/staff has traveled to visit   with young men from all over the country.

Presently in the State only Virginia has bagged a more impressive list of 2015 recruits.  ODU presently is rank 53 nationally and 4th in CUSA, less than a ½ point from 2nd place behind Rice.  With a growing list of offers and targets ODU still has its eye on a group of players that could propel ODU even higher this year in the rankings.

A few potential recruits that Old Dominion has at the top of their list are:

Barnabas Baning   OT   3*  85 rating

St Mary S Ryken (Leonardtown, MD)

6-5  330


Josh Fannin   OG  3* rating 83

Mill Creek (Hoschton, GA)

6-3    290


Jahvoni  Simmons  ILB   4* rating   93

Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA)

6-1   225


Derick Wilder  TE   3* rating   88

Maury (Norfolk, VA)

6-2   230


Sterling Hammond   S  3*  83

Essex (Tappahannock, VA)



John Branch  OLB

Dinwiddie County (Dinwiddie, VA)

6-1  216


Casey Bernard   OLB

St Mary S Ryken (Leonardtown, MD)

6-2   222


Dimitri  Holloway   ATH

Heritage (Newport News, VA)

6-1   190


Old Dominion for the class of 2015 has (173) scholarship offers extended.   .  Here are few teams ranked just above and just below ODU ifrom 247sport.    (CUSA has four teams at or near the top 50 FBS programs at this time).

47   Rice 
48   Western Michigan
49   Virginia
50   Brigham Young
51   Louisiana Tech
52   Florida Atlantic
53   Old Dominion
54   San Jose State
55   Illinois
56   Indiana
57   Michigan State  



Who will be next? Recruiting Update May 19


Who will be next?  Recruiting Update May 19

Old Dominion coaches have been on the recruiting trails for about a month, they hit the road the day after the spring game finished, April 12.  On the surface if seems a little slow, but behind the scenes there is no doubt it is a hectic pace to review recruiting files and target select students. The next task is to talk to High School Coaches, review film, contact recruits by snail mail, electronic social media outlets, phone and finally personal contact.  The goal is to get an invitation to talk with the recruit and his family in their home, one on one with recruit and family. From there a continuous dialog with family and recruits is a must.  Finally getting recruits to visit the campus. Wilder and staff have a way to work magic when he can get them on campus and experience the excitement around the program.

At the present time it appears Old Dominion has been busy making contact with prospects that have interest in ODU. We list 195 prospects as targets- http://olddominion.247sports.com/Season/2015-Football/Targets

 Old Dominion has offered 158 – http://olddominion.247sports.com/Season/2015-Football/Offers

There are several prospects on ODU’s radar that have listed ODU as a favorite or have ODU at the top of their list.  Here are a few at this time.

It has been the buzz, that we may see a few make the call in the next two weeks.  We have to remember most of these young men are 17, 18 and 19 year olds.  They can change on a dime