Grand Prairie (Texas) So. Grand Prairie 2017 4-star safety Jeffrey Okudah took a visit to Florida State on Friday. Okudah holds over thirty offers, including Florida State, and is ranked as the nations No. 1 safety for the 2017 class.
Okudah worked out for most of the Friday session, and he was able to work with the Florida State coaching staff.
“It was a great experience just getting coached up by coach Kelly and coach Wilson and having coach Fisher spectate us,” Okudah said. “I learned a lot of stuff and overall it was just a really good experience.”
It’s a long trip from Texas to Tallahassee, but Okudah wanted to come in and compete against the best.
“To compete with the best players from around the country,” Okudah said. “As coach Brewster says, ’Iron sharpens iron’ and I believe in that philosophy.”
Defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Charles Kelly talked to Okudah about how he would fit into the scheme at Florida State.
“He liked me a lot,” Okudah said. “He said he could use me in a lot of different roles in the defense and that my versatility in the secondary could really help him in the 2017 class.”
Okudah is one of the most coveted players in the 2017 class and could play for any school he chooses. Where does Florida State stand in his recruitment so far?
“I have a high interest in Florida State,” Okudah said. “Just cause of the players they’ve been able to develop. Jalen Ramsey, P.J. Williams, Ronald Darby, and so on. And just the education. I know Myron Rolle got that Oxford education and now he’s working in the medical field so I know they would provide several chances for me to succeed on and off the field.”
At 6-foot-1, 194-pounds Okudah pays attention to how teams use players with his size and the way Florida State uses Jalen Ramsey really stands out to him.
“It appeals to me,” Okudah said. “I like to be all over the field. I like to be here. I like to be over there. I like to create turnovers and that’s what you can do if you’re allover the field. They can’t just say we’re going to throw it to this side because he’s over there. They have to account for everything.
Okudah has visited quite a few campuses this summer. How did Tallahassee stack up?
“I’ve visited Tennessee, Ohio State, USC, UCLA, and now Florida State and LSU,” Okudah said. “Florida State stacks up high. I haven’t gotten to tour the campus, but the things that I have seen and the competition that I’ve gone against. It’s been great.
So after his visit to Florida State where do the Seminoles stand for the No. 24 player in the 2017 class?
“Florida State will definitely be in my recruitment moving forward,” Okudah said.
Okudah plans to visit Auburn and Georgia in August, and says he may visit some of the local schools during the season.