Ohio State Overview: Jeff Okudah is primed to be one of the nation’s top cornerbacks in 2019 and a leader on the Buckeye defense … a true junior, he’s already played in 27 games with career totals of 53 tackles, nine passes defended and two forced fumbles … he played perhaps the best game of his career in the Rose Bowl last January, making five tackles and two pass breakups … tied with Kendall Sheffield for the team lead last year with eight PBUs on the season … had 34 tackles, including 24 solo, and a fumble recovery in 13 games on the season … played in all 14 games in 2017 as a true freshman cornerback and earned his first Varsity O letter … was a key performer in the secondary for the Buckeyes, including in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl game when he made four unassisted tackles and had a then-career-high 64 snaps on defense vs. potent Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans … Okudah totaled 19 tackles on the season, one pass break-up and recovered a fumble … he enrolled in classes in January 2017 and took part in the 2017 spring drills … he was one of 10 recruits from the class of 2017 to enroll in January … he is an OSU Scholar-Athlete majoring in communications.
Honors and Awards
2017: OSU Scholar-Athlet
More on Jeff: U.S. Army All-American Jeffrey Okudah was a unanimous 5-star recruit and considered the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the nation by 247Sports … considered one of the Top 10 players in the nation overall, with 247Sports and ESPN ranking him No. 7, and Scout and Rivals Nos. 12 and 16, respectively … a tremendous athlete who also had the No. 2 cornerback ranking as a senior by Scout … one of the Top 2 players out of talent-rich Texas this recruiting cycle and an American Family Insurance all-USA defensive back … posted 43 tackles, five pass break-ups and 795 total offensive yards in helping South Grand Prairie, coached by Brent Whitson, to the Texas class 6A state playoffs in 2016 … named second-team Class 6A all-state as a senior by the Associated Press … averaged over 24 yards per catch as a receiver in 2015 and also contributed 46 tackles and four pass break-ups … finished second last summer, to Ohio State signee J.K. Dobbins, at the Nike+ football ratings competition at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. … Okudah is the son of the late Marie Okudah … his guardians are Jane and Patrick Obodo.