With the Army All-American Game practices in full swing, a slew of Ohio State commits and targets have taken center stage to show off their ability and update the media on their recruitments.
Five-star defensive back Jeffrey Okudah (Grand Prairie, TX / South Grand Prairie) has been impressive over the last several days and mentioned Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida State as his final three as he heads into his decision during the game on Jan. 7. Though Okudah talked up all three programs yesterday, there is a lot of confidence that the Texas native will end up going to Columbus, Ohio. The 247sports crystal ball predictions come in with an astounding 94 percent of experts believing that Okudah will become a Buckeye.
As for practice, Okudah once again stood out, especially in one-on-ones. Here’s footage from yesterday as he went up against Michigan commit Tarik Black.
Jeffrey Okudah intercepts ball against Michigan commit Tarik Black. pic.twitter.com/X5c81rTCZE— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) January 3, 2017
It was a short workout for the All-Americans on Tuesday. You can expect practice to get ramped up again today.
New coach, no problems
With news of quarterbacks coach and ace recruiter Tim Beck moving on to Texas, questions began to raise about if the coaching move will effect Ohio State’s current commits from the Lone Star State. As for five-star linebacker Baron Browning, there is no concern as he stated he was expecting this move to happen. In addition, there is no worry about Ohio State’s chances to hold onto running back J.K. Dobbins.
Baron Browning on Tim Beck, there's no concern: "I knew he was leaving and I wish him the best. He's a great guy."— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) January 3, 2017
Rivals.com’s Marc Givler spoke with highly touted defensive back and Buckeye commit Shaun Wade (Jacksonville, FL / Trinity Christian Academy) yesterday and Wade made it apparent that Browning and Tate Martell will be his future roommates in Columbus. However, the fourth is a player that he stated he was not allowed to name yet. Though there’s a ton of speculation who this might be, the hot pick is California cornerback Darnay Holmes. Holmes is an expected early enrollee and has plans to announce his collegiate choice this coming Saturday.