COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State offensive lineman and preseason 1st team All-American Wyatt Davis announced on Twitter he wants to return to play at OSU this season.
Davis’ announcement comes less than a week after he declared for the NFL Draft. Davis is eligible to return because he had not yet signed with an agent.
The All-American’s announcement also comes on the same day the Big Ten announced football is coming back this fall.
Davis is one of three starting offensive lineman who are returning to play for the Buckeyes this season. Center Josh Meyers and left tackle Thayer Munford are the other two returning starters.
Davis wasn’t the only Buckeye to declare for the NFL as his teammate Shaun Wade, also a preseason first team All-American, declared for the NFL on Monday.
Wade told NBC4 he also has not signed with an agent and said the window is still open for him to return to OSU this season as well.
Wade told ESPN on Wednesday that he has not made up his mind on whether he will return to OSU.
“Today’s been a wild day for me. Really I just don’t know what I’m going to do, what decision I’m going to make right now,” Wade told ESPN’s Ryan Smith. “I’ll come back tomorrow and really think about it.”
Wade also told Smith he has an agent but has not signed anything.
Local sports agent and one of the owners of VMG Sports, Adam Heller, says whether players have signed with an agent or not is usually key.
“From an amateur standpoint, the bright line rule has always been unless you’ve signed with an agent or accepted benefits to become a professional, then you would keep your amateur status,” Heller said.
Davis has not said if he has an agent or not. Heller says even if they have signed, there could be a way for them to play.
“I would think in this environment and kind of being an unprecedented situation, them making decisions based on information that has changed . . . I would hope there would be some type of accommodation made for them if they do want to play.” he said. “Obviously, the NCAA has the ability to do that so you would hope that accommodation would be made.”