Ohio State Overview: Kendall Sheffield had a two-season career with the Buckeyes after transferring from Blinn College, in Brenham, Texas, in the spring of 2017 … he was a starting cornerback for all of 2018 and was an honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference performer … he made 14 starts as a fourth-year junior in 2018 and recorded team highs in both pass break-ups with eight and passes defended with 10 … recorded interceptions vs. Rutgers and Minnesota … had a career-best five solo tackles in the Rose Bowl victory over Washington … he played on back-to-back Big Ten championship teams at Ohio State, in 2017 and 2018, and made a total of 17 starts while playing in all 28 games … in the summer of 2018 he 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 had a fine sophomore season with the Buckeyes in 2017, playing in all 14 games and ranking second on the team – to Denzel Ward, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft – in pass break-ups with nine … also contributed 40 tackles on the season … his three starts included 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 a career-best four passes, making three solo tackles and forcing a fumble that led to the first Buckeye touchdown in the 24-7 victory … recorded 28 PBUs and 32 passes defended in his three seasons on the collegiate level … Sheffield was majoring in human development and family studies when he elected to forego his senior season and make himself available for the 2019 NFL Draft.
More on Kendall: Sheffield enrolled at Ohio State from Blinn College 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.