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Ohio State's Shaun Wade will not play college football season, declares for NFL

Joey Kaufman
jkaufman@dispatch.com
Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade was the only returning starter in the Ohio State secondary.

Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade announced in a tweet Monday morning that he was declaring for the NFL draft, opting out of a postponed football season in the Big Ten.

Wade became the Buckeyes’ second player in four days to forgo a potential season this fall to begin training for the draft, following offensive lineman Wyatt Davis

“This has been an extremely difficult decision to make,” Wade said in a video released on Twitter, “but I know it's the right decision for me. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty surrounding our season I have decided to forgo my remaining eligibility and officially declare for the 2021 NFL draft.”

A redshirt junior, Wade considered entering the 2020 draft after last season before opting to return.

His father, Randy, had been among the most vocal parents advocating for the Big Ten to revisit its cancellation of a fall season and organized a demonstration outside the Big Ten’s conference headquarters in Chicago last month.

His announcement comes as the Big Ten looks increasingly likely to return to play in the coming months.

The Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors met Sunday, though no vote was held about the fate of the season, according to reports.

“I think everything we're hearing is that it's going to move that way," an Ohio State source told The Dispatch. "It's just the timing of when to start.”

Proposed dates have ranged from mid-October through January on a restart for the conference after it had previously planned to start on Labor Day weekend.

The Big Ten originally called off the season on Aug. 11.

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