ACCOLADES: Wade was named the 2017 Lockheed Martin defensive back of the year and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was also named the American Family Insurance All-USA defensive player of the year. As a senior at Trinity Christian, Wade tallied 63 tackles, seven interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and nine pass breakups on defense. He also starred on offense in high school.
WADE SAYS: “When I took the visits I was just making sure it was the right place, making sure Ohio State was the right place. I took the visits to Alabama, Virginia Tech, a couple other schools, just seeing if Ohio State was the right place and God led me to the right place, so I’m here now and I’m a Buckeye.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “The physical skills are not in question as Wade has the ability to compete with any defensive back on the roster from that stand- point. As with every newcomer, Wade needs to throw himself into Greg Schiano’s playbook and learn as much as he can before he puts on the pads this spring.” – Bill Greene
PERSONAL: He is the son of Gwen and Randy Wade. Shaun comes from one of the top high school football programs in the nation, and Trinity has been especially dominant recently by winning the past four state championships. He enrolled early at Ohio State.
2017 OUTLOOK: With both Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore gone to the NFL, Wade has a definite shot at playing time with the Buckeyes in 2017. While Denzel Ward and Kendall Sheffield appear to be the early favorites to start for Ohio State at corner, the Buckeyes love to rotate players in at that position and Wade could possibly be the third corner in that rotation if he impresses in spring practice.
COMMIT DATE: Jan. 12, 2015