Potential first-round draft pick opting back in to play for Ohio State in 2020
Ohio State’s 2020 championship campaign just got a big boost. Cornerback Shaun Wade, a potential first-round 2021 NFL Draft pick, has announced he is opting back in for the fall 2020 season.
Wade had opted out and declared for the draft on Monday before the Big Ten changed course on a 2020 fall season. On Wednesday, when the Big Ten announced plans for an Oct. 24 start date, Wade shared that he was interested in playing another season for Ryan Day’s Buckeyes before the draft.
It’s not clear yet if Wade will face any eligibility issues with the NCAA. After declaring for the draft, he had contact with an agent. Wade told ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Wednesday that he did not sign any paperwork with an agent.
Considering the Big Ten said that the decision to postpone would not be “revisited,” and it ultimately was revisited, it seems the NCAA should allow Wade to be eligible this fall despite contact with an agent. Then again, this is the NCAA we’re talking about.
Attorney Tom Mars, familiar with NCAA eligibility matters, shared Wednesday that he thinks Wade and other NFL Draft entrants from the Big Ten will be eligible to play this fall.
— Shaun Wade (@shaunwade24) September 17, 2020