In a move many believed to be inevitable, Grand Prairie, Texas, five-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah announced this afternoon at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl he has committed to Ohio State.
"From when I got there, I was just comfortable with the coaching staff, the plan they set up for me," Okudah said. "They put a lot of defensive backs in the NFL and the life outside of football – they just have the whole nine yards."
The Okduah File
- Class: 2017
- Size: 6-foot-2, 190 pounds
- Pos: CB
- School: South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★★
- Composite Rank: 1 (CB)
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is considered the top-rated cornerback and the No. 7 prospect overall in the Class of 2017. He picked Ohio State over finalists Florida State and Oklahoma.
It was reported Okudah silently committed to the staff in May, but wanted to take his official visits before making an announcement. He made trips to Oklahoma — and watched the Buckeyes beat the Sooners, 45-24, from the visitor's sideline — Georgia and Florida State this season.
Okudah becomes the 18th member of Ohio State's second-ranked 2017 recruiting class, which already includes five-star cornerback Shaun Wade and four-stars Marcus Williamson, Amir Riep, and Isaiah Pryor.
Next Chapter, The Ohio State University. pic.twitter.com/w2JONSKXn8— Jeffrey Okudah III (@TheJeffOkudah) January 7, 2017
With the departure of starting cornerback Gareon Conley — and possibly Marshon Lattimore, as well — the five-star prospect could be an immediate presence in the Buckeye secondary.
Eleven Warriors will have more on Okudah's pledge soon.