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Jeffrey Okudah
2017-2018 Football Profile
#1 - Freshman - Defensive Back
Season Profiles:  2017 | 2016
About Jeffrey Okudah
Home Town: Grand Prairie, Texas
School: South Grand Prairie
Height: 6-2
Weight: 197
Forty Yard: 4.49
Vertical Leap: 41.6
Shuttle Time: 4.03
247Sports Scout Rivals ESPN 247Comp
5-Star #1 CB
5-Star #2 CB
5-Star #1 SAF
5-Star #1 SAF
5-Star #1 CB
U.S. Army All-American | Nation's No. 1 Defensive Back

The Player
Jeffrey Okudah is a 6-foot-2 197-pound defensive back out of Grand Prairie, Texas. He is the #1 rated defensive back in the country and the No. 7 prospect in the nation according to 247Sports. He is the second-ranked player in the state of Texas behind another Buckeye target in Marvin Wilson. Okudah played on both offense and defense while in high school, and while that might be possible at Ohio State, it is more likely that he will end up playing solely on defense either at safety or cornerback. On defense Okudah shows the ability to play one-on-one coverage against the opponent’s best wide receivers, along with using his speed to track down guys from behind for tackles. He likes to make big plays, and some of the hits I have seen from him have reminded me of another former Buckeye, which I will discuss below.

The Comparison
As a cornerback, Okudah reminds me of a Gareon Conley in the fact that he can play the best wide receiver one-on-one from the opposing team. He can be a lockdown defender if he has to be, but since he projects more as a safety in college, I think he might end up more like a Mike Doss-type player. He seems to be faster and built differently than Doss, but he likes to lay the wood on players the same way Doss did in his time as a Buckeye. If he can use the combination of his coverage skills along with his big hit capability, a nice mix of Conley and Doss would be a great addition to the Buckeye secondary.

The Fit
Okudah has already enrolled and will participate in winter workouts and spring football. The Buckeyes will certainly find a way to get this talented freshman on the field as soon as possible, as there has been a mass exodus this offseason in the defensive backfield. He will fit right in with the type of player that he is, and would be an immediate impact player for the Buckeyes from the start.

The Depth Chart
The Buckeyes will need someone to step up to fill three defensive back slots as only Denzel Ward and Damon Webb will be returning starters. With two cornerback spots open and Malik Hooker's strong safety spot, Okudah could find himself in the mix at any of the three positions immediately.

The Future
The future looks bright for Jeffrey Okudah at Ohio State. He looks ready to come in and compete from day one, and if he does he will probably only be on the roster for three years before the NFL comes calling. He is a special player that can do a lot of things really well, and should be an immediate asset for the defense of the Buckeyes. — Ben van Ooyen

2016 - 43 tackles, 5 PBU
2015 - 46 tackles, 4 PBU

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