ACCOLADES: Okudah is a unanimous five-star prospect who was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he committed to the Buckeyes. He was also named an American Family Insurance All-USA defensive back after posting 43 tackles, five pass breakups and 795 yards of total offense as a two-way player for South Grand Prairie, which made it to the Texas class 6A state playoffs in 2016.
OKDUAH SAYS: “I like the DB development at Ohio State. They send a lot of guys to the NFL. The relationships that you build at Ohio State are tremendous – networking, a big alumni base. Coach (Urban) Meyer is great because of all the prestige he has in college football.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “I’ve said it before and I believe it today as well, that Okudah is a more physical (version of former Ohio State safety) Vonn Bell. When you are compared to guys like Malik Hooker and Bell, you’re an elite prospect. And that’s why Jeffrey Okudah is personally my highest rated member of the 2017 Ohio State recruiting class.” – Bill Greene
PERSONAL: Okudah is the son of Marie Okudah, and his guardians are Jane and Patrick Obodo. He has spoken about Ohio State’s business school in the past and cited that as one of his main reasons for choosing the Buckeyes. Okudah got an early start to his collegiate career as one of nine Ohio State recruits to enroll for the spring semester, which began Jan. 9.
2017 OUTLOOK: With two starting corners and a starting safety off to the NFL, there are plenty of spots to fill in Ohio State's secondary. As an early enrollee – and an extremely talented prospect – Okudah will have a fighting chance to fill one of those spots as a starter in 2017, and even if he doesn't, you can expect the Texas native to contribute early and often as a true freshman.
COMMIT DATE: Jan. 7, 2017
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