The Big Ten is scheduled to play in the spring – at least for now. That can of course change at any time. Whenever the conference decides to get underway, it does so without one of the biggest stars. Ohio state defender Shaun Wade announced on Monday that he will be retiring from the season and preparing for the NFL Draft.
“Given the circumstances and uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season, I know in my heart that the best decision for my future is to prepare for the next chapter in my life,” he wrote on Twitter. “This decision is not lightly, and I want to thank everyone who helped me get to where I am today.”
Wade, a 6-foot-1, 195-lb junior from Jacksonville, Florida, had 25 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception and eight passes last season for the Buckeyes. He left the NFL Draft last spring to try to replenish his supply and bring Ohio State a national championship this season.
“To the Nation of Buckeye – thank you for the support, the love, the cheer and the chance to play the sport I love in front of the best fans in the nation,” he wrote. “The memories I made during my time as Buckeye will last a lifetime thanks to all of you.”
Wade is 13th overall prospect and No. 2 in the cornerback in the latest CBS Sports 2021 NFL Draft prospect rankings.
Wade’s father, Randy, was one of the parents who staged the protest at the Big Ten’s headquarters outside Chicago and urged the conference to reconsider her decision to postpone the season.