Jeffrey Okudah Commits to Ohio State While Tate Martell & Chase Young Stand Out in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl

By Kevin Harrish on January 7, 2017 at 6:50 pm
Josh Myers, Tate Martell, Chase Young and Shaun Wade spell out O-H-I-O

Nine of Ohio State's 2017 commits were invited to participate in Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Game.

With J.K. Dobbins, Tyjon Lindsey and Haskell Garrett missing the game with injuries, that number shrunk to six Buckeyes actually participating in the game – at least until Jeffrey Okudah added to that number in the fourth quarter.

Between a touchdown, an interception and a key commitment, Saturday turned out to be a Buckeye spectacle.

Here were some of the highlights from the festivities.

Tate Martell

Tate Martell showed why he's one of the top players in the country, Saturday afternoon.

He showed off his decision making in the zone-read game, his elusiveness in the backfield as well as his arm. He repeatedly drew Johnny Maziel comparisons from the commentators.

The highlight of Martell's day came in the second half when the future Buckeye scored on an 18-yard scamper and promptly threw up O-H-I-O to salute his future school.

Martell will be on campus in just a few days, as he plans to enroll early and begin classes on Monday.

Chase Young

Rated as Ohio State's sixth-best commitment in the 2017 class, defensive end Chase Young was one of the most dominating players on the field Saturday afternoon.

Matched up against the nation's top-ranked player in Foster Sarell for much of the game, Young was nearly unblockable on the edge. We almost had a moment of Buckeye-on-Buckeye crime as he blew past Sarell and forced fellow Buckeye commit Martell to scramble. 

Later in the game, he defended a zone-read perfectly, leading to a tackle for a loss. 

Young topped off his performance with an interception in the second half. While the ball more or less fell into his lap, he still dominated his matchup to put himself in position to make the play.

Jeffrey Okudah Commits

The highlight of the day for Buckeye fans was the commitment of the nation's top-ranked cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. He was rumored to have silently committed to the coaching staff months ago, but Saturday he made it official.

Okudah is Ohio State's fifth defensive back of the 2017 class and the highest rated one of the talented bunch.

As impressive as he is on the field, it seems he's even more impressive off it. Moments after putting on the Scarlet and Gray hat, Okudah published a heartwarming letter to his chronically-ill mother celebrating his commitment. It is well worth the read.

Like Martell, Okudah plans to enroll early and will be on campus taking classes Monday.

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