Kendall Sheffield had to hustle to make it happen, but the junior-college transfer will start classes today at Ohio State, a football team spokesman said.
It’s no coincidence that the cornerback’s arrival put him on campus in time for spring practice, which starts Tuesday. He is expected to compete immediately as the Buckeyes seek to replace both starting cornerbacks from last year’s team, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley.
Sheffield was a five-star prospect out of Missouri City, Texas, in 2015. He spent a year at Alabama before leaving at the start of preseason camp last year and transferring to Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, near his hometown.
“He just wanted a chance to get re-recruited,” Blinn coach Ryan Mahon said. “Kendall is a great kid. There was no discipline problem, nothing, not at all any issue with him. Ever. I mean, he is an exceptional human being.”
Moving to Blinn put Sheffield back on the market, and with cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs leading the way in recruiting Sheffield, the Buckeyes gained the nod.
To get to Ohio State in time for spring practice, Sheffield had to complete an unspecified class at Blinn in the past month. That was to meet the OSU standards which require that a transfer who starts at a four-year school and then moves to a two-year college have at least 12 hours of transferable credit for each full semester in school and have at least a 2.5 grade-point average.
Ohio State's mid-semester spring session starts today, which played right into the timing for Sheffield. As for playing eligibility, NCAA rules state he must sit out a full year after leaving his previous four-year school, but that’s moot since he left Alabama in early August.
Westerville South's Gill
to announce college choice
Ohio State coaches await word today from a recruit in the 2018 cycle, Westerville South running back Jaelen Gill.
The No. 3 all-purpose back prospect in the country according to the 247Sports composite rankings, Gill has scheduled a news conference this afternoon to announce his college choice from a list that includes Ohio State, Michigan, Texas, UCLA and Southern California.