Whenever the Big Ten decides to play again – whether it be this fall or in the spring – Ohio State CB Shaun Wade will not be playing.
The senior defensive back announced on Monday that he is opting out of the 2020 season and will focus on preparing for the NFL Draft.
“Given the circumstances and the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season, I know in my heart that the best decision for my future is to begin preparing for the next chapter in my life,” he said on Twitter. “This decision does not come lightly, and I want to thank all who have helped me get to where I am today.”
Wade’s father, Randy, has been one of the parents who organized a protest outside the Big Ten headquarters in Chicago to reconsider playing the season, but the younger Wade felt it was taking too long.
“I came back to get my degree and to play another season and win a national championship,” he said, per ESPN. “But when the Big Ten canceled, I was focused on still playing, but I felt like they were holding off for so long I thought it was the best decision for me to declare for the draft and just go on with preparing and getting ready for the draft.”
Wade is a projected first-round draft pick and is considered to be a top-two cornerback in the 2021 draft class by multiple prospect ranking sites.
As a junior, Wade had 25 tackles – four for a loss – two sacks and interception and eight pass breakups.
The Big Ten plans to re-vote on the 2020 season Monday afternoon.