Ohio State Overview: In the summer of 2018 Kendall Sheffield was selected by NFL.com as the fastest player in college football … this after he broke the Ohio State school record and the French Field House indoor record in the 60-meter dash in February with a time of 6.663 … the previous record had stood for 23 years … Sheffield, a fourth-year junior in his second year with the program, is much more than just a speed merchant, though … he had a fine sophomore season with the Buckeyes in 2017, playing in all 14 games and ranking second on the team in pass break-ups with nine … only the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Denzel Ward, had more PBUs … Sheffield also contributed 40 tackles on the season … made three starts for Ohio State last season, including in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against USC and Sam Darnold … earned game “champion” status from the OSU coaches for his Cotton Bowl efforts, including breaking up four passes, making three solo tackles and forcing a fumble that led to the first Buckeye touchdown in the 24-7 victory … was named a champion five times in all, including after the wins over Michigan State and Michigan … Sheffield is majoring in human development and family studies.
More on Kendall: Sheffield transferred from Blinn College, in Brenham, Texas, and enrolled at Ohio State for the start of 2017 spring drills, one of 10 from the 2017 recruiting class who enrolled early … he was rated as the No. 1 cornerback coming out of junior college by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports, and he was the No. 4 junior college prospect overall by ESPN … in 2016, he played defensive back and returned kicks for Blinn and recorded 31 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass break-ups, plus he scored touchdowns on both punt and kickoff returns … Sheffield was a consensus 5-star prospect in the 2015 recruiting class out of Thurgood Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas … he signed with Alabama and then redshirted the 2015 season with the Crimson Tide before transferring to Blinn … as a prepster, he was an Under Armour All-American, an all-USA first-team selection by USA Today and a first-team Associated Press Texas 5A all-state selection in 2014 … he played for coach James Williams … was rated the No. 2 cornerback by Scout and No. 3 by ESPN … overall rankings were as high as No. 9 by Scout and No. 12 on the ESPN 300 … in track and field, Sheffield won the 2014 Texas state 5A 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles championships and repeated as 110-meter champion in 2015 … he is the son of Shelia and Cecil Sheffield.