Ohio State football: Defensive standout Wade to return to Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 7: Quarterback Desmond Ridder #9 of the Cincinnati Bearcats is stripped of the ball by Shaun Wade #24 of the Ohio State Buckeyes as he attempts to pass in the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 7: Quarterback Desmond Ridder #9 of the Cincinnati Bearcats is stripped of the ball by Shaun Wade #24 of the Ohio State Buckeyes as he attempts to pass in the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Ohio State received a major win Saturday with the announcement Shaun Wade will return for another season.

The third-year defensive back was one of the most versatile players on the team in 2019, showing the ability to cover, blitz and stop the run as a slot cornerback/strong safety in the Buckeyes’ revamped defense.

Wade finished with 25 tackles, including four for loss and two sacks. He had one interception and eight pass breakups.

His return means coach Ryan Day’s team will not have an entirely new secondary in 2020.

Free safety Jordan Fuller and cornerback Damon Arnette were seniors while All-American cornerback Jeffrey Okudah previously announced he would skip his last season.

The unit will also be under new management after coach Jeff Hafley accepted the job as head coach at Boston College in December.

OSU defensive end Chase Young declared for the draft on Friday.

Prior to this year, 54 Buckeyes have gone pro with eligibility remaining, including six last year.

Thirty of Ohio State’s NFL Draft early entrants have gone in the first round, including Dwayne Haskins and Nick Bosa last year.

Bosa was the eighth Ohio State defensive end drafted in the first round, joining his brother Joey, Cameron Heyward, Vernon Gholston, Will Smith, Alonzo Spellman, Eric Kumerow (uncle to the Bosas) and Jim Houston.