1 Jeffrey Okudah

Jeffrey Okudah Ohio State
usaUnited States
Grand Prairie, TX
High School
South Grand Prairie
Past Teams
Ohio State
2017, 2018, 2019

Post-OSU Update: Jeff Okudah left Ohio State with a year of eligibility to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. Okudah was selected third overall by the Detroit Lions. After several injuries his rookie year, Okudah tore his Achilles in the season-opener of the 2021 season. He was healthy in 2022, started 15 games, making 73 tackles, seven PBUs, and an interception. After the season, Okudah was traded to the Falcons for a fifth-round pick. In 2023, Okudah started 9 of the 13 games he played and recorded 44 tackles, three PBUs, and no interceptions. (updated: Feb. 2024)

Pronunciation: oh-KOO-duh

Major: Communications (2018-19)

Weight: 200 (2019), 199 (2018), 193 (2017)

2019 Media Guide: Jeff Okudah is primed to be one of the nation’s top cornerbacks in 2019 and a leader on the Buckeye defense … a true junior, he’s already played in 27 games with career totals of 53 tackles, nine passes defended and two forced fumbles … he played perhaps the best game of his career in the Rose Bowl last January, making five tackles and two pass breakups … tied with Kendall Sheffield for the team lead last year with eight PBUs on the season … had 34 tackles, including 24 solo, and a fumble recovery in 13 games on the season.

2018 Media Guide: Jeffrey Okudah played in all 14 games last season as a true freshman cornerback and earned his first Varsity O letter … he was a key performer in the secondary for the Buckeyes, including in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl game when he made four unassisted tackles and had a career-high 64 snaps on defense vs. potent Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans … Okudah totaled 19 tackles on the season, one pass breakup and recovered a fumble.

2017 Media Guide: Jeffrey Okudah enrolled in classes in January and took part in the 2017 spring drills … he was one of 10 recruits from the class of 2017 to enroll in January … he is exploring majors.

High School: U.S. Army All-American Jeffrey Okudah was a unanimous 5-star recruit and considered the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the nation by 247Sports and the No. 1 safety prospect according to both Rivals and ESPN … considered one of the Top 10 players in the nation overall, with 247Sports and ESPN ranking him No. 7, and Scout and Rivals Nos. 12 and 16, respectively … a tremendous athlete who also had the No. 2 cornerback ranking as a senior by Scout … one of the Top 2 players out of talent-rich Texas this recruiting cycle and an American Family Insurance all-USA defensive back … posted 43 tackles, five pass break-ups and 795 total offensive yards in helping South Grand Prairie, coached by Brent Whitson, to the Texas class 6A state playoffs in 2016 … named second-team Class 6A all-state as a senior by the Associated Press … averaged over 24 yards per catch as a receiver in 2015 and also contributed 46 tackles and four pass break-ups … finished second last summer, to Ohio State signee J.K. Dobbins, at the Nike+ football ratings competition at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore.

Personal: Okudah is the son of the late Marie Okudah … his guardians are Jane and Patrick Obodo.



SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
2017Ohio State1401913600000100100
2018Ohio State1313426800000100800
2019Ohio State1414352961.01002030900