Wade opts back in, will return to Ohio State


PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 16: Shaun Wade #24 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates his interception with teammates Jeff Okudah #1 and Pete Werner #20 in the first quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State preseason All-American cornerback Shaun Wade says he will return to Columbus and re-join the Buckeyes for the season.  

Wade made that announcement during a segment on ESPN on Thursday evening. It’s unclear how soon he’ll be able to re-join the team. Wade says he had agreed to work with an agent but had not signed a contract with that agent.

On Monday, Wade announced he would opt out of the season and begin training for the NFL Draft. He says he made that decision after losing confidence the Big Ten would commit to playing this fall. Wade told NBC4 on Monday that if the Big Ten quickly reversed course, he would consider returning.

“I’m going to com back and be a Buckeye and really go strive for this national championship,” Wade told ESPN. “Back in January I didn’t go to the draft and my goal was to come back, be a captain, get my degree.”

Wade said the only Ohio State player he told about his decision was fellow preseason All-American Wyatt Davis. The offensive guard announced Wednesday he intends to return to Ohio State after saying last week that he planned to opt out and enter the NFL Draft.

“Wyatt was happy. I just told him I’m going to come back too cause at the end of the day we both came back for a reason and that’s to get that natty,” Wade said. “We had a sour taste last year with Clemson, but this year we’ve got a great team, great leadership and we’re just looking forward to it.”

Wade has been training in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida for the past several days. Wade earned preseason All-American honors after making several dynamic plays during the 2019 season, including an interception, two forced fumbles and two sacks.

Wade’s impact on the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson was significant until he was ejected from the game for a targeting call while sacking Tigers’ quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

“I can’t go out like that on that one,” Wade said. “I’ve got to come back and do great things for the Buckeye nation and just for teammates.”

Wade has been projected as a likely first round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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