Jelani Thurman (twitter) committed to Ohio State on July 17th, giving the Buckeyes another great receiving threat for the 2023 class. Their #1 rated class now has 19 prospects and is quickly wrapping up. Thurman's father is Odell Thurman, former NFL linebacker, who played at Georgia and then the Cincinnati Bengals. His mother, Kara Braxton, was an WNBA player that also played at Georgia. Thurman, 6'6" 230 lbs., is from Langston Hughes Fairburn, GA High School.
He becomes the 2nd tight end in the Ohio State class along with Ty Lockwood. Impressive that Ohio State was able to go into Georgia and grab one of the most sought after tight-ends in the country.
Who Recruited Thurman
Kevin Wilson recruited Thurman for Ohio State, Joe Cox was recruiting him for Alabama, Zac Etheridge was recruiting him for Auburn, Ted Gilmore was recruiting him for Michigan State, Kyle Richardson was recruiting him for Clemson, And Chip Long for Georgia Tech.
Offers and Favorites
Thurman had 29 offers with Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, and Michigan State all favorites.
Thurman visited Michigan State on June 3rd, Auburn on June 10th, Alabama on June 17th, and Ohio State on June 24th.
Thurman is a 4 Star recruit, the 115th best nationally, and 7th best tight end in the country.
Thurman Crystal Ball Predictions
Josh McCuistion, Andrew Ivins, Bud Elliott, Steve Wiltfong, Bill Kurelic were all predicting Ohio State when he committed on the 17th of July.
Stats for 2021
Thurman had 31 receptions for 479 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2021.
Thurman has a Big frame with the height needed for the position. With his athleticism, he can contest balls and reach for passes over defenders. Played multiple position on the offensive side of the ball in Georgia.
Jelani Thurman Commits to Ohio State