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Buckeyes add five-star Okudah at Army Bowl


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SAN ANTONIO - Five-star defensive back Jeffrey Okudah has been an expected Ohio State commit for months but at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl he made things official and announced his commitment to the Buckeyes.

Okudah chose Ohio State over Florida State and Oklahoma but the decision wasn’t thought to be very close. After his official visit to Columbus for a thrilling overtime win against Michigan, friend and fellow five-star linebacker Baron Browning announced his commitment to the Buckeyes. The two have been on several visits to Ohio State together.

Okudah and Army Bowl teammate Foster Sarell were the highest-ranked uncommitted players in the Rivals100 coming into the game. The Grand Prairie, Texas, prospect is now the sixth five-star commit in Ohio State’s class and ranked as the second-highest behind Browning. He will now almost certainly get to work on fellow Texas prospect, Marvin Wilson, who has taken several official visits with him and also included Ohio State in his top-five.

Okudah is projected as a safety prospect but played cornerback during his senior season at South Grand Prairie as well as during Army Bowl week. He finished this season with 43 tackles, five passes defensed and a recovered fumble.