Colorado State continues to bring in talent for the up coming 2012 season by signing a transfer from North Carolina Tech Prep. Jasen Oden is a 205 pound defensive back from East High in Buffalo, New York. In Jasen's senior year, he earned a third-team All Western New York selection but to play for a DI school,
Oden had to attend NC Tech to boost his standardized test score. Enter Billy Napier, who recruited Oden to come to CSU.
This recruitment video is from his 2010 season with East High (he's #5, the video fails to point this out). He pretty much does everything: plays defense, running back, and occasionally takes a direct snap like a Mike Vick. The first thing I notice about this kid is his motor. This dude is all over the place and he seems to never back down from making a play. Check out the crushing hit he puts on the running back at 1:58 in the video. Oh momma! Please tell me you're gonna do that to someone this year.
I think the coaching staff could definitely utilize Jasen's talent on both sides of the ball. If J-Mac sticks to a dominant ground attack this season, I can see Oden in there mixing it up a little bit. With the stock of talent we have in the back field already though, maybe we should just stick him where we need the most help, the defense.
As far as our defensive line goes, we lose another talented piece this week in C.J. James. I get he was a Fairchild product but he could have been one of the better players on our defense and in my opinion, another huge loss to this Ram defense. Will we have to count on Broderick Sargent or a young John Froland to bring some pressure from the ends? Or will there be someone else who steps it up this season?