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Oduah agrees to head to Albany State for track

Eastside’s Daniel Oduah, bottom row left, recently signed a track scholarship with Albany State. Sitting with the high jump state champion is his brother, Pat Oduah. Supporting Oduah at the signing ceremony are, from left, track coaches Keya Clay, Frankey Iverson and Garry Tindell.

Eastside’s Daniel Oduah, bottom row left, recently signed a track scholarship with Albany State. Sitting with the high jump state champion is his brother, Pat Oduah. Supporting Oduah at the signing ceremony are, from left, track coaches Keya Clay, Frankey Iverson and Garry Tindell.

COVINGTON — Eastside’s Daniel Oduah recently signed with Albany State University’s track program where he will hopefully improve on his GHSA Class AAAA Track and Field high jump championship height of 6-feet-6 inches with virtually no training.

Oduah’s main focus at Albany State will be the high jump but he may have a chance to participate running in the 400-meter dash or possibly being in the 4x400 relay. At the state meet, Oduah finished fifth at the state meet in the 400 and was the first leg of the 4x400 relay team that finished second.

“It’s remarkable considering that we don’t have a high-jump pit,” Eastside head coach Frankey Iverson said. “I was talking with coach (Garry) Tindell and we’ve had at least one signing every year since I’ve been here. That’s been since 2006. We would like to keep a running trend so hopefully we’ll have a couple more next year.”

Oduah was also strongly considering Troy University but he felt that Albany State was a better fit for him.

“I felt really comfortable there, like I was at home,” Oduah said. “I could tell that they made a concerted effort into having me come over there and have me jump for them. I was looking at them and Troy but I decided to go with the choice I felt was better for me.”

With proper training, Oduah and Iverson feel that he can break the 7-foot mark. Oduah want to break the 7-5 mark as he has Olympic aspirations in mind.

“Athletically, he has what it takes,” Iverson said. “If he stays injury free, which is always a big thing, and he progresses like he’s been doing (at Eastside) and keeps his head on straight, he can do it.”

“I’m going as high as I allow myself to go,” Oduah said. “I have confidence in the Albany State coaching staff and what they say they can do with me. I feel I can go there.”

While at Eastside, Oduah was also a valuable member of the Eagles basketball team where he averaged 7.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

Even though Oduah will be at Albany State for track, basketball is not out of the question.

“If anything I’ll be walking on,” Oduah said. “It’s not really my call but everything is a possibility. I’m willing to help them anyway possible.”