ACCOLADES: In his one year at Blinn College, Sheffield finished with 31 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in nine games. He also handled kick- and punt-return duties, returning one punt and one kick for touchdowns. He was originally a five-star prospect and the No. 9 overall player in the class of 2015.
SHEFFIELD SAYS: “I would describe my game as physical, up-to-beat and just going 100 percent and just having fun out there. One thing I do well is just having a knowledge of the game. I study a lot of film and read the quarterback and read my keys.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “Sheffield has about everything you are looking for in a cover corner and may be the best at what is a loaded position in the JUCO ranks in the Class of 2017. The transfer from Alabama shows tremendous quickness in and out of his breaks and closes on the football in an instant. He was considered more of a finesse corner coming out of high school, but it does not take long to see that he has the ability to come up and be a sound tackler, so there are not many question marks surrounding his game. He is one of the fastest players in the nation regardless of position.” – Greg Powers
PERSONAL: Sheffield transferred to Blinn College in Texas after redshirting for a season at Alabama in which the Crimson Tide won a national title. The son of Shelia and Cecil Sheffield, Kendall Sheffield chose Ohio State over Texas A&M.
2017 OUTLOOK: With starters Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore both leaving the program early for the NFL, Sheffield has a chance to make a sizable impact in his first season with Ohio State. The JUCO transfer is most likely one of the top candidates to serve as a reserve to third-year sophomore Damon Arnette or junior Denzel Ward, should the two land starting gigs. Sheffield comes to Columbus with one of the finest cornerback classes in recent history, as five-star Jeffrey Okudah and four-stars Amir Riep, Shaun Wade and Marcus Williamson also join the fold.
COMMIT DATE: Jan. 10, 2017
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