Ohio State Shaun wade made a big decision in January. Red-shirted second-year cornerback Buckeye, coming out of an All-Big Ten season, chose to fire Columbus and finish his fourth year with the Scarlet and Gray, instead of jumping early in the NFL Draft.
“I want to do it to show that I can play outside the corner, I want to do it for the team and I want to win a national championship,” Wade said at the time of his decision. “I feel like we’re going to have a great team next year, and I feel like we’re going to be elite. I want to be part of it.
“It was tough, but at the end of the day I felt like I made the right decision for me.
This question, however, at the end of July will this decision be in vain?
Wade, like any college football player, faces an uncertain future due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The college football season, while supposed to be played in one form or another, is not a sure thing this fall. Some experts have suggested the season should be canceled, shortened or postponed until spring.
If the state of Ohio has to wait until next spring to play football, Wade won’t be on the field. His parents — Randy and Gwen – made it clear in an interview with First Coast News this week.
“He got out of here, baby,” Randy laughs.
“I want him to be smart,” Gwen added. “He could get hurt. Anything could happen. So why play spring? I kind of expressed my opinion to him, talked to him. So, pretty much, mom said, ‘No, we’re not playing.’ “
After the 2019 season, Wade was screened as a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, but chose to return to the Buckeyes to improve his stock. After playing the corner of the slot machine last season, Wade also wanted to show his versatility by moving away in 2020 and defending top wide receivers on opposing infractions.
But the risk of playing a season in the spring and sustaining an injury with much less time to recover before the draft – the NFL has no plans to back it down – outweighs the benefits of going to the field for scouts to watch another college season.
It’s a decision many college football players will have to make if the season is to be moved from fall to spring, a number of logistical nightmares the scenario would bring. Wade isn’t the only scarlet and gray player not to participate in Spring. Strategist Justin fields is already discussed as a first choice in the project. Offensive lineman Wyatt davis was an All-American a year ago and an intriguing prospect for NFL teams. Wide receiver Chris Olave had a breakthrough in 2019 and looks like a professional wide receiver.
And these are just a few of the names.
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As for the season in the fall, Randy and Gwen are still concerned about the health of Shaun and their two other children, Latrell, a freshman at Olivet Nazarene University, and Serenity, a track star at Paxon. .
“I’m a little scared because there is so much going on that we don’t know,” Gwen admitted.