Even though he declared for the NFL Draft, Shaun Wade not quite closing the door on a return to Ohio State
Shaun Wade announced on Monday morning that he was opting out of a 2020 season and declaring for the NFL Draft. But the Ohio State cornerback says he’s not quite ruled out a return to the field for the Buckeyes.
Speaking with Nathan Baird of Cleveland.com, Wade said a lack of clarity and transparency from the B1G nudged him in the direction of opting out of the upcoming season — whenever it may happen. He has not yet signed with an agent however, and could potentially play for Ohio State if a decision is made soon from the conference.
“We’re trying to be patient with everything and take it day by day,” Wade told Baird. “I did want to play and I still want to play, but I had to do what’s best for me. That’s nothing against Ohio State and nothing against anybody. It’s just the B1G with no clarity.”
Wade decided to return to Ohio State following the 2019 season, hoping to win a national championship and improve his draft stock. Many believe the CB could be a first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, even without playing this fall.
Though his goal has been to play, a lack of answers from the conference has put Wade’s future with Ohio State in limbo.
Ohio State has now seen two of its stars opt out of the 2020 season. Wade joins offensive guard Wyatt Davis, who decided to opt out last week. He was the first Buckeye to make that decision.
Wade finished the 2019 season with 25 tackles, 8 pass break-ups, 2 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. He was a key contributor on one of the nation’s top defenses last fall, and helped the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record, a B1G title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.