The nation’s No. 1 safety, Jeffrey Okudah, has visited UGA multiple times since his recruitment process began, and that’s a big deal considering the fact that his high school is located 866 miles away from Sanford Stadium.
The 5-star junior from Grand Prairie, Texas, told the AJC’s DawgNation.com that he’ll be back at UGA for the Missouri game on Oct. 17. Each time he visits UGA, he leaves with a great impression.
“I feel very comfortable when I’m at Georgia,” Okudah said. “It kind of feels like home whenever I’m in Georgia.”
Okudah was last in Athens for UGA’s Dawg Night prospect camp in July. He had a chance to speak with Bulldogs stars Lorenzo Carter and Leonard Floyd while on campus.
“They were telling me that if I wanted to show how great I truly am that Georgia would be the best opportunity to do it because I would get to go against the best running backs in practice and go against elite receivers,” Okudah said.
Despite him being a 12-hour car ride away from Georgia, Okudah actually has some of his best friends in the state. The Army All-American said he is close with Peachtree Ridge 5-star DeAngelo Gibbs, Archer 4-star Jamyest Williams and Liberty Country 4-star Richard LeCounte — all defensive backs who are strongly considering UGA. The elite prospects have discussed patrolling the same secondary in college.
“We talk all the time about possibly playing together on the next level. But if it doesn’t, we just want everyone to pick the right schools for themselves.”
The Texan says UGA is high on his list of favorite schools right now, but one school is standing out the most — Ohio State.
“You really get the best of both worlds at Ohio State,” he said. “They have great academics and you can compete for a national championship there. I also know that they have job fairs at Ohio State where CEOs come to network with the students, and that’s a big deal to me.”
When Okudah gets to college, he plans on studying business and marketing with the hopes of getting into the sports marketing field after college.
He doesn’t plan on committing anytime soon.
Okudah is rated as the nation’s No. 10 overall prospect for 2017.