With both players previously announced for the 2021 NFL draft, Ohio State guard Wyatt Davis said Wednesday that he would like the Buckeyes to return this fall while teammate Sean Wade is undecided.
The Big Ten on Wednesday announced a return-to-play plan for football during the coronovirus epidemic, which began in late October, but Wade’s eligibility remains a question due to a relationship with an agent.
It is unclear whether Davis has an agent, and has applied for an exemption that is still being processed, a source told ESPN. The 2019 Associated Press first-team All-American, who pulled out of the season on Friday, posted on social media on Wednesday that he intends to return to Ohio State.
“I was incredibly happy to learn of the Big Ten’s decision to play football,” Davis said on Twitter. “… I want Bucky Nation to know that I want to play this season for Ohio State and I’m working now to make that reality.”
– Wyatt Davis (@ wyattdavis53) September 16, 2020
Davis started all 14 games for the Buckeyes last season, and he is listed as the No. 30 draft prospect by ESPN’s Todd McShay and the No. 1 draft-eligible guard by ESPN’s Mel Keeper Jr.
A team captain and all-American for the Buckeyes, Wade was listed as the keeper’s No. 7 prospect on the Big Board earlier this month.
Wade, appearing in ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Wednesday, will not commit to a comeback.
“Right now, I haven’t decided,” said Wade. “… I knew it was going to come back, but I had no idea it was going to come back soon. They are saying a lot of stuff on Twitter and various sources, but at the end of the day, it’s just, I really don’t know …
“Today is a wild day for me. In fact, I just don’t know what I’m going to do, what I’m going to decide right now. … I’ll be back tomorrow and really think.” this. “
Wade said he had an agent, “but I haven’t signed anything.”
The relationship with that agent will need to be defined by the NCAA to determine if Wade is eligible to choose back if he wants to do so. If he is ineligible to sign with an agent, he has the option to undergo a reinstatement process.
By NCAA rules, a player who declares for the draft and signs with an agent is technically ineligible. However, depending on the circumstances, the athlete and his or her school may try to go through a student-athlete reinstatement process to gain eligibility for a season.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Wednesday that he felt Wade and Davis should return if they opted to do so.
The Big Ten plans to start the football season on the weekend of October 23-24. The conference will require student-athletes, coaches and other personnel who are on the field for all practices and games and to undergo daily antigen testing for coronoviruses. Test results must be completed and recorded before each practice or game.
Wade announced on Monday that he would withdraw his senior season to prepare for the NFL Draft.
“I came back to earn my degree and play another season and win a national championship,” Wade said of his decision. “But when the Big Ten canceled, I was still focused on the game, but it seemed to me that they had been pausing for so long, I felt it was the best decision for me to make the draft. Announce and just prepare for the draft. ”
Adam Ritenberg of ESPN contributed to this report.