Four-Star Safety Jacob Oden Lists Top Five, Sets Imminent Commitment Date

Jacob Oden

Jacob OdenClass of 2024 Tennessee target Jacob Oden and Vols’ defensive backs coach Willie Martinez after Tennessee’s win over Alabama. Photo by Rod Oden (@CoachRodOden) on Twitter.

Jacob Oden, a four-star prospect in the class of 2024, revealed some timely news on Tuesday morning.

The highly-touted safety/defensive athlete posted his final Top 5 on Twitter which included Tennessee, Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State, and Iowa State.

Oden also announced that he will be announcing his commitment on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6:00 p.m. ET on CBS Sports.

I’ll be committing February 2nd at 6pm on @CBSSports @AllenTrieu @ChadSimmons_ @adamgorney @SWiltfong247

— Jacob Oden 4 ⭐️ ATH (@JacobOden4) January 31, 2023

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Oden is a consensus four-star prospect across all four major publications of 247Sports, Rivals, On3 Sports, and ESPN. While 247 has Oden listed as an athlete, the latter three have him as a safety prospect in the class. Oden also told RTI in October that he considers himself a pure athlete on the defensive side of the ball.

On3 Sports’ consensus rankings have Oden listed as a Top 200 overall player, the No. 14 safety in the class, and the No. 5 player from the state of Michigan.

While Tennessee has made significant progress over the course of Oden’s recruitment, the Harper Woods, Michigan native looks to be overwhelmingly trending in the direction of Michigan.

Oden has eight 247 Sports Crystal Ball predictions all picked toward the Wolverines, with the most recent five coming in on Monday or Tuesday. That includes 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong – who is 52-of-52 in his predictions for the class of 2024.

On3 Sports’ Recruiting Prediction Machine also has Michigan at an astounding 95.7 percent, indicating a near lock on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 188-pound defensive playmaker was in Knoxville for the Tennessee-Alabama game and even filmed a 12-minute video documenting his experience. The following week in October, Oden spoke to Rocky Top Insider about his relationship with the Tennessee staff and his thoughts on the game.

“It was turnt the whole game,” Oden said after the 52-49 Tennessee win over Alabama. “Like, the whole entire game. People were yelling every play after everything that happened. Neyland, they were singing their song, the Tennessee song. So after everything, it was turnt, especially at the end.”

“That was turnt, like, some of the most fun I’ve had on a visit,” Oden continued on to say. “That’s college football. That’s the best part, seeing everybody happy and celebrating after a dub. So that was fun.”

Jacob Oden will be announcing his commitment decision on Thursday, Feb. 2, on CBS Sports.

Author: Ethan Moore