Five-star Ohio State cornerback commit Shaun Wade once had Alabama in his No. 2 spot, but that has changed. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.
Wade, the nation’s No. 3 cornerback from Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.), told SEC Country at the Cam Newton 7 on 7 tournament in Atlanta that he removed Alabama from his No. 2 spot to put the schools behind Ohio State on an equal level. A top five list will be released at the start of his senior season, and the Tide will be in that group.
What bodes well for Alabama’s chances at flipping Wade is the fact that his mother is a big Crimson Tide fan. She’s not pushing him toward her favorite school, but she’s let her son know where her allegiances would lie if he ended up signing with a school other than Alabama.
“My family could come see me play a lot,” Wade said.” My grandma could see me. My great grandma could see me. My mom would be happy because she’s a big Crimson Tide fan.”
“She said she’s going to be a Shaun Wade fan if I go somewhere else, but still going to be an Alabama fan,” Wade laughed.
The 6-foot-1, 177-pounder committed to Ohio State a day before the Buckeyes rolled over Oregon in the 2015 championship game. He said the reason for his commitment was because of how strongly the staff recruited him his sophomore year. No school recruited him harder than Ohio State.
Things have changed since then. Not only is Ohio State recruiting him as one of its major priorities, but also Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Southern California and UCLA are some of the other schools putting on a full-court press for Wade.
He admits that the Buckeyes staff has been nervous about where he stands with his commitment.
“To be honest, they have expressed that, but I have told them that I am 100 percent and this is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, so I still want to visit other schools if I can,” Wade said.
Wade was born in Alabama, moved to Italy when he was 4 years old because of his dad’s service in the Navy, moved back to Alabama when he was 7, then moved to Jacksonville, where he’s been since he was 8.
Despite living in Florida for the majority of his life, Alabama is considered his true home, according to Wade. Most of his family still lives in the Montgomery area. The quick drive to Tuscaloosa, if he were to choose Alabama, would be ideal for his family to see him play on a regular basis.
“Family is family. That’s your blood,” Wade said. “My grandmas are big in my life. My parents do so much for me. It would be big for me to have them at my games.”
The state of Florida’s No. 3 prospect plans to study sports medicine when he gets to college. He’d like to double major, but he doesn’t know what he’d pair sports medicine with just yet. Wade is working toward being an early high school graduate so he can start college in January.
He would like to have his college decision finalized by November. Wade is the Tide’s No. 1 cornerback target. When he makes his final decision, expect Alabama to be strongly considered.
“Alabama has always been one of the top schools in the country for my entire life pretty much,” Wade said. “If they want me as their No. 1 cornerback recruit, that’s very big for me.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.