Irish offer elite Texas athlete
Major offers have almost become minor events for Jeffrey Okudah.
Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, Stanford, Texas and USC were just some of the programs already involved when Notre Dame came calling earlier this week.
Irish offensive coordinator and area recruiter Mike Sanford reached out to the sophomore safety from Grand Prairie, Texas, to extend the offer. Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght has also checked in during the spring evaluation period.
“They’ve been talking to me for a little bit,” Okudah said. “Probably the last two months we’ve been talking. They just said they’re very interested in me and they want me to garner as much interest in the program as they have in me. They want me to come there and visit the campus because they think I’d really like it.”
Notre Dame sees a defensive back in Okudah, who didn’t take the offer lightly.
“It means a lot that it is big on academics and that being a main part of what they bring in the recruiting process,” he said. “It means a lot to me.”
Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame and several others have visited South Grand Prairie High School. Right now Okudah doesn’t have a leaderboard or a summer schedule of visits.
“I’m wide open right now,” Okudah said. “I’m just taking it slowly so I can make the best decision. Hopefully I can make the right decision and the goal is to stay true to that school and not have to de-commit. That’s why I wanna take my time.”
Before any of that gets put in motion, Okudah plans to do more research to find baseline requirements.
“They have to have a tradition and be able to develop my position,” Okudah said. “Obviously, have a network so when I get done playing football I have something to fall back on. Just have a strong academic program.”
Okudah has also used this spring to make a full-time position switch.
Cornerback will be his new spot next season after lining up primarily as a safety as a sophomore. Some college programs have also offered the 6-foot-1, 200-pound prospect as a wide receiver.
“I want to show that I’m versatile and I can move from safety to cornerback and nickel back,” Okudah said. “I can cover one-on-one with the outside receiver and the slot.”