Waynes says no NFL decision made

Report said Michigan State junior cornerback was set to declare, but he said he hasn't made a choice as of yet.

Reports have indicated Michigan State junior cornerback Trae Waynes will declare for the NFL Draft after this season, but he insists he does not pay attention to such reports.

He also insists that no decision has been made on whether he will return to Michigan State for his senior year or head to the NFL, where many have him pegged as a first-round pick.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Waynes said. “The main thing I’m thinking about is sending out the seniors with a win and finishing in the top five for another year.”

The Spartans’ All-Big Ten cornerback has been widely viewed as a first-round pick by analysts. A report from Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday said he is “considered to be a lock to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to multiple sources familiar with the underclassman’s thinking.”

On Thursday, he denied the report. Instead, he said he has to discuss the decision with his family and the Michigan State coaches before making a choice.

”I haven’t really talked about it with the coaches yet,” Waynes said. “My family is coming up Friday and we will probably sit down with them and figure things out from there. It’s not really a concern for me right now.”

Defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett said he has not “said one word” to Waynes about the decision that awaits Waynes, but he said if asked, he will offer advice.

“There is something I can say, but then you guys will run with that, so I’m not going to say what I would say,” Barnett said. “It will all come out. Put it this way, a lot of guy’s go is go on and play in the NFL when they come to college, which is a great goal. …

”If you have the opportunity to go on and be successful on the next level, I encourage you to do so if that’s the right thing for you and your family. That’s how I look at it.”

Waynes, who had three interceptions this season, said family will be one of the major factors in his decision, as will being one semester short of graduating.

”It’s not just up to me, it’s the whole family and school is a factor in it as well because I do want to graduate,” he said. “There’s stuff in it other than just my personal decision.”

Barnett does see what makes Waynes a strong pro prospect as he possesses similar traits to former Spartan and Jim Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard. Those qualities which make him a “complete corner.”

“He’s fast, man,” Barnett said. “He’s fast. He’s tough. He’s physical, has good size, good ball skills and he understands the game. He understands how to play the cornerback position.”

But as he works through the decision – and as reports are out there – he is just trying to stay focused on preparing for Baylor in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1.

“I don’t really pay attention to that myself,” he said. “I just go by what people tell me. I still try to stay away from it because I don’t want it to be a distraction.”


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