Skip to main content

Jeffrey Okudah, Nation's No. 1 Cornerback, Announces Commitment To Ohio State

Ohio State's loaded recruiting class just got even better, with the addition of No. 1 cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, a five-star player.

Okudah made his decision during today's Army All-American Game.

A few minutes later, a post went up on The Players' Tribune, explaining his decision, in the form of a letter to his mother. In it, he recounts the many trips he's made, and players and coaches he's met during the recruiting process, and discusses his mother's long battle with lymphoma, and how she has supported him during the process. It is a very powerful read.

Last June, Coach Schiano at Ohio State said something that really stuck with me. In fact, I think it ultimately played a big part in my decision to go there. He told me, “Jeff, you’ve had a tough life up to this point. It’s time for some good things to happen to you.”

When I was growing up, I never had the power to change my circumstances — our circumstances. I tried to give you as much support as I could, but a lot of the time I felt so helpless. I wish that you never had to spend one more second in the hospital. I feel so bad about the opportunities you’ve been robbed of because of your health, but I’m also so thankful for everything you’ve given me in spite of it.


Now that I’ve finally chosen a school, I know that the work is just starting. I don’t want to be just another student-athlete while I’m at Ohio State. I really want to one day be remembered for what I accomplished while I was there. I know that’s saying a lot given all the great players who have come through the program, but that’s exactly the kind of challenge I’m looking for.

The full post is one that every Ohio State fan will want to read. It seems like the Buckeyes are getting a pretty special young player in Jeffrey Okudah.

[The Players' Tribune]