Sean Wade on his decision to leave Ohio State: “I just felt that it is best that day for me to do it”

               In early September, before he returned to his home state of Florida to leave Columbus, Sean Wade felt he had received a hint that it was time to take the next step in his life.                </p><div><p>

"When I woke up that morning a green grasshopper was at my door, it was there when I came back. The next morning, I got up, and the grasshopper was at my door, and when I saw it, it meant like this life. I have time to move on, and it was a sign from God, for real, "Wade said.

At that point, Wade began to realize that it might be time to leave Ohio State and make an announcement for the 2021 NFL Draft, and he officially made the decision on Monday, when he announced that he would be out of 2020 college football While getting his attention to focus on the season and his professional career, he joined with Wyatt Davis as the second Buckeye to make the decision in a span of four days.
Wade was waiting to see if the Big Ten would make a decision later this week, but there are still reports that the conference could vote on a return to play on Monday or Tuesday, with Wade not voting on Sunday He didn't want to wait any longer.

"I thought this was the best day for me," Wade explained. <em>Eleven warriors</em> on Monday.  "Because they don't have that vote ... I feel like they keep pushing it back, and it's stressful. I definitely thought about it (waiting for a day or two), But they have been saying that for the longest time. So I had to do only what I had to do for my family and only for myself. "

Although Wade has consulted with an agent, he has yet to sign an actual contract, so the door to Ohio State is not fully closed upon its return if the Big Ten announced this week that it would be in October. Will play  By Monday afternoon, however, Wade was moving forward with the belief that his career as Buckeye was over.

Wade said, "I haven't thought about it yet, because I just made my decision, but if they do it in a time period before they sign, I might think."  "Then we'll see."

Wade said that he had no concerns about playing this fall despite the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, but that he had returned to Jacksonville with his family instead of practicing with Bakay.  He graduated from Ohio State in August, and also played a part in his decision.

"They are not telling us anything, they are not keeping us updated with everything they go through and it's stressful," Wade said referring to the Big Ten.  "And I have just graduated.  So it is not that I need to go to school to get my degree, because I just got my degree.  "

“I feel like they keep pushing it back, and it’s tense.”– Sean Wade decides not to wait for the Big Ten anymore

Even though he was already playing in the NFL if he had announced for the draft after last season that he would no longer play in it, instead of returning for another season at Ohio State, Wade said he had to make his initial decisions. But don't regret staying at Ohio State instead of announcing the 2020 NFL draft.

"No regrets. I got my degree. COVID hits. So that's life," Wade said. "2020, it's just one year of uncertainty for real, so you can't do anything about it. That's life. Is. You have to move forward. "

Wade said it was difficult to call Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs and tell him that he was leaving, and inform his teammates of the same news via a group text.  But he also believes that they understand why he took this step.

"At the end of the day, the boys know that I love them, and they understand that you have to grow up as a man," Wade said.  "So I felt like I had to be a big man that I had to do."
Wade's father, Randy, has been one of the parents of Ohio State players who are insisting on reconsidering their decision to postpone the game for the Big Ten, contradictions taking place outside conference headquarters and Ohio Stadium A pair of games were held, with some questions as to why his son would be picked out on Monday when the conference was on the verge of a decision to potentially play this fall.  Sean Wade, however, wants people to know that his father was not fighting for him.

"My father did not do this for me;  This is for the Big Ten in general, ”Wade said.  "He understands that if a lot of kids don't play this fall season, they can take a different route, because they can close the school and send everyone back home, you just don't know that What's going to happen. So he understands that people need sports these days, and it's a way for some people to get out and make money for their family. "

Wade is already in a position to make money for his family, as he is widely projected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.  Now that he has the next seven-plus months to focus on preparing for his professional career, he will try to take advantage of that time as much as possible.  For now, he is training in Florida, and he plans to find a defensive back coach who can help him develop his skill set while also continuing to keep in touch with the Coombs.

"It's really just my needs and work, what I need from my body's point of view, what I need to work strength-wise and what I need to work on football-wise, it's time so that you Got it, "Wade said." You definitely know who's working and who's not working. "

Wade said he has yet to talk about the NFL draft process with his former teammates who are now playing in the league because he wants them to focus on their season, which is just beginning.  But he continues to consult his two previous Ohio State coach coaches - Coombs and Jeff Huffley, formerly NFL secondary coaches - and said his confidence is an "all-time high", given that his former What is the team like Jordan Fuller and Damon Ernett are doing at the next level.

After starting at last season's slot cornerback, Wade didn't miss playing outside of the cornerback at Ohio State like he was for this fall - which could leave NFL teams with the question of whether he could actually hold that position Can play - but Wade is confident that he can play anywhere in a secondary that a professional team will ask him to do.

"At the end of the day, I know I can play all five places, so that's a plus for my side," said Wade.  He said, 'I can play safety, nickel, go to the outside corner.  I can come in the box if I need to and if the team needs me then I can gain some weight and come in the box.

As Wade reminisced of his Ohio State career, he said that his worst moment as a Buckeye was seeing Oklahoma flagger backer Mayfield in the middle of Ohio Stadium in 2017, but he was thankful for all those games , Who he played as Buckeye, his first appearance as a redshirt freshman against Oregon State in 2018 was to play Clemson in the College Football Playoff.  He also appreciates the off-field opportunities at Ohio State, from an externship with four of his peers at the WTE Performance Center to all the different people he met through the football program.

"A lot of people are not able to play in the college football playoffs, a lot of people don't even get to college," Wade said.  "So it's a blessing just to be at Ohio State. It's really the pivotal moment, just there."
Wade's departure leaves Ohio State without the only returning starter from last season's secondary, but he says Bakye's fans should still be confident about the players who are in the defensive zone and the team winning the national championship Will re-start whenever they receive.

"I understand a lot of people talking about me.  But I am telling you, those boys that we have got there, they are great gifts and do a lot of drama, ”said Wade.  "so comfortable.  So boys, they are going to show out at the play.  "