Not only is Ohio State playing for the national championship in a matter of hours and headed towards a possible top five recruiting class in 2015, but it struck gold in the 2017 class Monday, picking up a commitment from Sunshine State cornerback Shaun Wade.
The 6-foot-2, 181-pound Wade starred as a sophomore for Jacksonville Trinity Christian as a sophomore in 2014 playing opposite 2015 five-star Kevin Toliver II and alongside a bevy of future FBS defenders. According to Trinity Christian assistant coach and former Florida State cornerback Gerard Ross, the Buckeyes are getting a cornerback with elite potential.
“As a corner, Wade definitely has the footwork and length,” Ross said. “He also has a high football IQ, along with the long arms to reroute in press man. Most people are familiar with Kevin Toliver, but Wade is different. Toliver was more of a man-to-man guy, but Wade is capable of playing zone and man because of his football IQ being so high.”
As a younger prospect on a team with more than a dozen FBS prospects, Wade had the chance to sit back, listen and learn from his teammates about the recruiting process, which included Toliver.
“Ohio State has been there with Wade for a while," Ross said. "They came down to recruit Toliver the last two years and got to see Wade practice. Then Toliver made an official visit to Ohio State and really liked it. Ohio State was a school Toliver really liked, and he came back and told our guys how much he liked it. That helped Wade."
The commitment for Ohio State is the second in the 2017 class following the December 2013 verbal by quarterback Danny Clark.
The Buckeyes might not be done at Trinity Christian either. Ohio State also has offered 2018 cornerback Tyreke Johnson, the younger brother of 2015 Florida State quarterback early enrollee De'Andre Johnson.