While most of their friends are looking forward to prom, nine Ohio State commits will be starting college classes soon.
Graduating early from high school to have the opportunity to start their college career and compete for playing time during spring drills, quarterback Tate Martell, running back J.K. Dobbins, offensive lineman Josh Myers, linebackers Baron Browning, Brendon White, defensive backs Shaun Wade, Isaiah Pryor, Marcus Williamson, and the Buckeyes latest pledge Jeffrey Okudah are now officially student athletes at the Ohio State University after arriving on the Columbus campus.
Having a jump start on the rest of the 2017 class, enrolling early gives the aforementioned prospects months to get acquainted with what will be asked from them on and off the football field before summer conditioning begins.
What’s next for this talented group? Trying to get their black stripe removed. Stick with Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest.
Commits battle at U.S. Army All-American Bowl
JK Dobbins, Tyjon Lindsey, and Haskell Garrett had to sit out due to injuries, but numerous of their Ohio State classmates took part in the national televised U.S. Army All-American game on Saturday afternoon.
Leading the East squad to a 27-17 victory over the West team, Josh Myers, Chase Young and Shaun Wade now have a little bragging rights over Tate Martell, Wyatt Davis, Baron Browning and Jeffrey Okudah.
Myers, a five-star tackler from Miamisburg, Ohio, helped block the East offense to 316 total yards, while Wade snatched up three tackles and Young finished with one total tackle and a fumble recovery.
In the loss, Martell connected on three of his five pass attempts for 23 yards. Doing most his damage with his legs, the four-star standout rushed for a team leading 31 total yards, including an 18-yard touchdown.
On defense for team West, Baron Browning recorded four tackles. From his cornerback spot, fellow longhorn state standout Jeffrey Okudah ended the event with two total tackles.
Potential Buckeye defensive tackle Jay Tufele showed why he’s one of the top prospects left on the Ohio State big board, as the Utah native’s hard work earned him four total tackles.
Okudah commits to OSU
As expected, five-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah finally committed to the Buckeyes class of 2017 on Saturday during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
One of the top recruits in the nation, Okudah, had a large amount of potential landing spots, but in the end he chose to attend Ohio State over chances to play at Florida State and Oklahoma.
I made the best decision of my life today! #O-H— Jeffrey Okudah III (@TheJeffOkudah) January 7, 2017
The latest Buckeye took a little time to thank his mother for making him the man he is steadily becoming. Okudah wrote an entry in theplayerstribune.com entitled ‘A Letter to My Mom’.
Here is an excerpt:
I’m going to start by telling you something you already know: I love you.
Now I’m going to tell you something that the rest of the world just found out: For the next four years, I’m going to be attending Ohio State.
To see what else the standout defensive back had to say to his mother, you can read the rest of his lovely letter at ThePlayersTribune.com.
- One time Buckeye lean Bubba Bolden, a four-star safety and Bishop Gorman (NV) teammate of Tate Martell, Haskell Garrett and Tyjon Lindsey, re-committed to USC over Ohio State and Arizona State during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
- Bolden wasn’t the only near OSU commit to decide to suit up elsewhere during the annual event. Even though his nephew wasn’t that impressed with his choice, five-star cornerback Darnay Holmes made the decision to stay closer to his Calabasas, Calif. home and commit to the Bruins of UCLA.