Ohio State star CB Shaun Wade not ready to rule out return for 2021 season just yet
It’s decision time for college football’s seniors, and with the NCAA allowing student-athletes to return for an extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19, the choice isn’t as clear as usual.
Ohio State senior cornerback Shaun Wade told reporters after Monday night’s CFP National Championship game that he was open to a fifth season in Columbus.
“I really can’t say,” said Wade.
Making the transition from slot to outside cornerback, Wade struggled at times against some of the nation’s top receivers. He was opposite Alabama’s Heisman Trophy winning receiver DeVonta Smith during the Buckeyes 52-24 loss to the Crimson Tide. A likely top 2021 NFL Draft prospect, Wade had 34 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions.
While meeting with the press after Monday night’s game, Wade noted that he will speak with his family before making his choice.
“I do want to come back and everything,” Wade said. “I’ve got to talk to my parents. It is upsetting that we got here and we just didn’t accomplish the goal. And that’s just been my goal, winning a national championship and winning big games like this. I’ll just go back with my parents, go talk to them and go from there.”
The deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft is Jan. 18, which leaves Wade less than a week to come to a decision. Wade said he planned to mull a decision in the coming days.
When asked if Monday night's final against Alabama was his last game at Ohio State, cornerback Shaun Wade said, "I really can’t say."
He said he'll consider a return ahead of the NFL draft declaration deadline next week: https://t.co/vRHwdpYFzK
— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) January 12, 2021