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5-Star JUCO Cornerback Kendall Sheffield Commits To Ohio State

Ohio State's 2017 recruiting class got even stronger Tuesday with the addition of another highly-rated defensive back.

Kendall Sheffield, the top-rated junior college player in the nation, committed to Ohio State on Tuesday.

The news was first reported by ESPN's Gerry Hamilton.

Sheffield, a five-star JUCO recruit, was rated the No. 9 overall player in the 2015 class before committing to Alabama. He spent one year with the Crimson Tide before opting to transfer to Blinn College in Texas.

"After a great season at Blinn College, and an exciting recruiting process, I have decided to finish my collegiate career at The Ohio State University," Sheffield said, according to Hamilton. "I am excited to join Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, and look forward to helping Buckeye Nation return to the College Football Playoff."

The Missouri City (Texas) Marshall High School product will be entering his third year out of high school, meaning he could play one season at Ohio State before heading to the NFL.

Sheffield is likely to compete for a starting spot right away. Ohio State's top cornerback Gareon Conley has already declared for the NFL draft while the Buckeyes' other starting corner, Marshon Lattimore, is expected to follow suit.

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