DAVENPORT, Fla. -- Shaun Wade, the 14th-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, has been committed to Ohio State for over a year. That hasn’t stopped some of the top programs from around the country from pursuing the 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect from Trinity Christian in Jacksonville, Florida.
Wade, who wasn’t able to participate at Nike's The Opening event in Orlando on Sunday because of a minor hamstring injury, said despite the attention, he still remains solid in his commitment to the Buckeyes.
“My commitment is 100-percent still,” Wade said. “The coaches (at Ohio State) just keep telling me to stay committed. They really want me to be in their program. I have a strong relationship with coach [Kerry] Coombs and coach [Urban] Meyer.”
Despite his firm commitment, Wade, along with several other of his 7-on-7 teammates, stopped through Gainesville on the way down to an event in South Florida last weekend to visit Florida.
"It was a nice visit. I had the chance to meet (Florida DB coach Torrian Gray). We were close when he was at Virginia Tech and now that he’s at Florida, that’s a big move right there. It helps Florida,” Wade said. "That’s probably one of my top (schools).
"There’s a few more schools I’m still considering that are talking to me a lot right now like Notre Dame, UCLA, Alabama, USC and Florida. Florida State, too. I like it over there in Tallahassee.”
So what would it take to get the top-rated cornerback in the junior class to flip his commitment from Ohio State?
“It would take coaches just getting to know me and getting know my parents, and see what the other schools have in their programs like the education,” he said. "All those things are important.”
As for his upcoming visit plans, Wade and his highly touted 2018 teammate, Tyreke Johnson, are planning to check out the national champions.
"Next week, me and Tyreke are going to Alabama,” Wade said. “Right now that’s the only visit I have set but I know I’m going to Ohio State’s spring game, too.”