Five-star defensive back Jeffrey Okudah began the summer with plans to announce his commitment in August.
As the 6-foot-2, 197-pound versatile defensive back got closer to crunch time, the No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2017 decided to go through the official visit process before casting his lot with one of his six finalists: Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, USC and Georgia with Oho State remaining the favorite.
“Out of my top six schools, I know I will be officially visiting Ohio State, Florida State, Clemson and Oklahoma for sure,” Okudah said on Tuesday.
The No. 2 prospect in the Lone Star State has visit dates for Oklahoma (Sept. 17 for the Sooners showdown with Ohio State) and Florida State (Oct. 29 for the Seminoles game vs. Clemson) and is working to finalize plans for Clemson and Ohio State.
“I’m working on a Clemson visit right now, but it will probably sometime in November, and Ohio State for the Michigan game possibly,” he said.
The Buckeyes, Sooners and Tigers were the three programs Okudah mentioned most.
On Oklahoma: "They are real close to home and compete for national championships. I kind of have a little brotherhood going on with the guys in the SoonerSquad class. Those SoonerSquad guys are recruiting me all the time."
On Clemson: "[Defensive coordinator Brent Venables], I kind of see him as a defensive mastermind. And [defensive backs coach Michael Reed], he’s a great technical coach. When your athletic ability is evened out, then your technique will last a long time. He has done that with DBs at Clemson. It’s a family vibe with coach Swinney over there.
On Ohio State: "They are still my leader. They are recruiting me the hardest and have really got close to my family, my coaches and my trainer. They have been giving me the all-out, full-court recruitment for the longest. They have given me the full-court recruitment even though they have the No. 1 class with a lot of really good players."
The official visit process will be paramount for Okudah and his family, especially as it relates to life after football.
“Right now, I’ve seen a lot of the football stuff with all the schools," he said. "You can’t really go wrong selecting one of those schools, so it’s now about the academics and life outside of football so I can make something of myself. After I take all my official visits with the Michigan-Ohio State game being my last official visit if that works out, then I will sit down with my family and look at the pros and cons of everything. We will come up with a consensus. What plan can I have set for outside of football is big.”
Okudah reiterated Tuesday that the six schools were his finalists, and that in-state powers Texas and Texas A&M were out of the mix.