It is unclear whether the Big Ten will reverse the course and resume play and fall amid the coronovirus epidemic after its decision to postpone its football season. But if the league plays, Ohio State will be at the bottom of at least two major contributors with first-round ability in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Offensive lineman Wyatt Davis Announced last week that he would not play for the Buckeyes this upcoming season, and a potential All-American cornerback Shaun Wade The same happened on Monday. The Buckeyes were expected to claim a national title, but if the Big Ten starts playing in the fall, Ohio State won’t have as much top-end talent as before.
But Nathan Baird of Clevelpiece reports that Wade’s departure is not entirely assured.
Wade tells Baird that he has not fully finalized his decision to leave Ohio State, as he has not hired an agent. He said he does not know when he can do it and that his decision will at least depend on how the Big Ten likely returns. Baird wrote that Wade has not completely closed this opportunity for Odd State.
“We’re trying to be patient with everything and take it day by day,” Wade told Baird. He said, “I wanted to play and I still want to play, but I have to do what is best for me.” It is nothing against Ohio State and nothing against anyone. This is just the Big Ten with no clarity. “
Wade released a message on his official Twitter page Monday To confirm that he will leave Ohio State. In the message, Wade explained his thought process behind the decision, as well as thanking everyone who has been part of his experience as a goat. Here is the full message:
Wade wrote, “Being a student-athlete at Ohio State University has been the greatest experience of my life.” “It has given me the opportunity to excel in football, earn my college degree and it has helped me become the man I am today. For that, I am forever grateful.”
After much prayer and consideration, I have decided to declare for the 2021 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 start preparing for the next chapter in my life.
This decision does not come to light, and I want to thank all those who have helped me get there today.
To my colleagues – the memories that we have worked on for our goals and dreams will be with me for a lifetime. If I were not for you, I would not be where I am today.
For Coach Day, Coach Coombs and the rest of the staff – your faith in me made me more hopeful than ever. Due to your unwavering support and guidance, I now have the opportunity to fulfill my dreams.
To Bucky Nation – Thank you for the love, cheer, and support for the opportunity to play the game in front of the best fans in the nation. The memories I have made during my time as a baker will last a lifetime because of all of you.
I will scarlet and gray bleed forever. #GoBuckeyes ”
247Sports’ Patrick Murphy contributed to this story.