SoonerSquad17 'wish list' - Jeffrey Okudah

SoonerSquad17 wish list continues with No. 1-ranked safety Jeffrey Okudah.

With spring evaluation coming around, you start to get a better feel of who are some of the most legitimate targets out there.

For Oklahoma, the process is a little bit different with the Sooners and SoonerSquad17 having 12 commitments, but still, there are names to watch.

The next three weeks Sooners Illustrated is going to look at one major target a day and where OU seems to stand at this point in time.

This is not based on who is the most realistic target but in alphabetical order.

South Grand Prairie (Texas) High S Jeffrey Okudah (6-1, 190, No. 1 S, No. 18 Scout 300)

Scout says: We really like Okudah's game because he's just a great all-around football player. SGP has lined him up in a number of different positions and he has played passionately at all of them. He will likely project out as a jumbo safety by the time he is done growing, but has the coverage skills and experience as a junior playing extensively at cornerback. He is long and muscular with great explosion. He can tackle well in space and tracks down faster backs with relative ease. Good coverage abilities as well as he spent a lot of time at cornerback and has the ability to play one-on-one coverage against some of the top receivers in the nation. – Greg Powers

The breakdown: Ohio State has seemed like the school to beat for a while although Okudah has certainly tried to downplay that. Other schools are in the running, namely OU and Texas making major strides here in recent months. In the end, Okudah will have his pick of any school he wants and has shown why he’s the No. 1-ranked safety at camps this spring.

Why OU: If it’s the Sooners, you can thank the commits. SoonerSquad17 has been trying to recruit Okudah for a long time, and Okudah is legitimately friends with a lot of those guys. He has attended junior day in back-to-back years, including getting the offer when he was a sophomore. Okudah seems like the one missing piece in OU’s incredible, Scout 300 secondary for the 2017 class.

Sooners chances: Medium. You can’t go higher than that right now only because of what Texas has been able to do here lately and for the fact the Buckeyes have been there the whole time. Ohio State has some stellar recruits in its back pocket already so you wonder what are the biggest priorities for Okudah in this process? OU is in it, but this will be one major battle.


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