Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. He announced the decision on his Instagram account. The fourth-year junior was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Back of the Year this season, and led the Buckeyes with two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He was also third on the team in tackles with 34.
Wade turned down an opportunity to turn pro following the 2019 season, and is in his first year as a starting outside corner for Ohio State. Last season, he was the starting slot cornerback. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Wade had one interception in 2019 and was named third-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media.
As a redshirt freshman in 2018, Wade played in all 14 games and led the Buckeyes with three interceptions.
Wade was ranked as the No. 2 cornerback and the No. 17 overall recruit in the country in the 2017 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. He was a member of four state championship teams at Trinity Christian High School.
Prior to the 2020 season, Wade was voted as one of the Buckeyes’ captains by his teammates.
Wade is widely projected as a second-round pick in the 2021 draft.
Wade’s father, Randy Wade, was one of the more vocal parents of Ohio State players that helped fight to save the season late in the summer of 2020. Randy actually flew up from Jacksonville to help organize and participate in a peaceful rally outside Ohio Stadium.
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Here is more on Wade’s background, courtesy of Ohio State’s official site:
• In the summer of 2019, Wade was one of five players who had an externship at the WWE Headquarters in Orlando, Fla. to learn about the ins and outs of the professional wrestling business
• Was a 5-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports) who was honored with two national awards as a senior while starring for a Trinity Christian Academy team that has won four consecutive state championships
• Named the 2017 Lockheed Martin defensive back of the year, an award that was presented at the U.S. Army All-American bowl, and he was named the American Family Insurance All-USA defensive player of the year
• Considered one of the Top 25 players nationally with overall rankings of No. 6 by ESPN, No. 17 by 247Sports and No. 24 by Rivals
• Finished the 2016 season with 63 tackles, seven interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, and nine pass break-ups for coach Verlon Dorminey
• Two-time Florida Class 3A all-state honoree and considered one of the Top 5 players in the state
• Is the son of Gwen and Randy Wade