Ohio State offensive lineman Wyatt Davis to opt back in for 2020 season

Joey Kaufman
Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Wyatt Davis answers a question during Ohio State Buckeyes Media Day at the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Five days after a declaration for the NFL draft and opt out of a postponed Big Ten season, Ohio State right guard Wyatt Davis announced he is opting back in.

Davis reversed course hours after the conference announced it would reinstate a football season that begins in late October, ending 36 days of uncertainty over the fate of games in the months ahead.

"I want Buckeye Nation to know that I want to play this season for Ohio State,” Davis tweeted, “and I am working now to make that a reality.”

It was unclear how last week’s announcement could have impacted his eligibility for a season, though he had not revealed that he had signed with an agent despite the declaration. He was entering his fourth season at Ohio State.

A potential return of Davis brings back a preseason All-American into the fold for the Buckeyes, furthering their pursuit of a national championship and bolstering an offensive line to protect star quarterback Justin Fields.

No similar announcement had been made by cornerback Shaun Wade by late Wednesday afternoon. Wade had also opted out prior to the Big Ten’s announcement.

Both players are viewed as possible first-round selections in next year’s NFL draft.

Starting for the first time last season, Davis previously contemplated entering the draft after 2019, but remained in school.

In Davis’ announcement of an intention to opt in, he thanked Ohio State President Kristina Johnson, athletic director Gene Smith and head team physician Dr. Jim Borchers, who chaired the conference’s medical subcommittee, for their efforts made toward the restart of a season.

Since his departure last week, Davis had not been practicing with the team, which has been allotted 12 hours a week of football-related activities, including five hours of non-contact practices.