Shaun Wade continues to give something back to the Jacksonville community with “Cleats on Ground”

Shaun Wade, former Ohio State cornerback, keeps giving back to his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida while he waits to see where he’ll be selected in this week’s NFL Draft. Sometimes just showing up and talking to people means a lot to them. and that’s exactly what Wade did. For five days.

Yes that’s right. Wade committed himself to “Cleats on Ground” for five days, where he attended youth soccer teams and other youth organizations. He also visited military veterans, youth facilities, schools, and other institutions.

Wade has given something back to his church in the past. Almost two years ago – at the end of April 2019 – he volunteered for a whole weekend at the Julian Woods Foundation in Jacksonville. Wade helped distribute food and supplies to people in need in the community. The Julian Woods Foundation is in honor of Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Julian Woods, who died serving the United States in Iraq in 2004. Woods, a native of Jacksonville and former standout high school soccer player, was only 22 years old at the time.

The 6-foot-1,195-pound calf was a two-year starter for the Buckeyes, leading the state of Ohio with three interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 2018. He had two interceptions in 2020, one he returned for a touchdown and was named Defensive Back of the Year for the Big Ten.

Here is his full bio courtesy of the OSU official website:

Ohio State overview

  • Wade decided to return for his fourth year with the program after considering the possibility of signing up for the 2020 NFL draft
  • Will be the leader of Buckeyes Secondary School in 2020 after playing all 14 sophomore year games last season and a total of 26 tackles, four tackles against loss, one interception, two forced fumbling and eight passing Has completed separations
  • Member of the Bednark Award 2020 preseason watchlist
  • Played the inside cornerback position for the Buckeyes in 2019 but will move outside in 2020
  • Named Champion eight times last season by the Ohio state coaching staff and was the player of the game after beating Rutgers and Michigan
  • A total of five duels, a duel against the loss, a sack and a pass separation against the Spartans
  • Against Rutgers had an interception on the game’s opening drive, adding three tackles and one forced fumble
  • An All-Big Ten third-team selection by coaches and media
  • Has played 27 of 28 games with 57 career tackles, four interceptions, three forced fumbles, and 19 defended passes in the past two seasons
  • He made the most of his playing time as a Redshirt newcomer in 2018, appeared in all 14 games and put together a total of 31 tackles, while leading the team with three interceptions
  • Seven pass separations, one forced fumble, and one blocked punt (versus TCU) have been added.
  • His true season as a newcomer was canceled due to an injury
  • Was one of nine high school graduates from the 2017 recruiting class who wanted to enroll in the state of Ohio in January 2017 and begin teaching
  • Is a major in the sports industry

Honors & awards

2020: Associated Press first-team All-American preseason

2019: All-Big Ten of the third team (media and coach)

Noteworthy note

  • In the summer of 2019, Wade was one of five players to do an external internship at WWE headquarters in Orlando, Florida to learn about the ins and outs of the professional wrestling business

More about Shaun

  • Was a 5 star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports) who won two national awards as a senior while playing for a Trinity Christian Academy team that has won four consecutive state championships

  • He was named Lockheed Martin’s 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, an award presented at the U.S. Army’s All-American Bowl, and he was named American Family Insurance All-USA’s Defensive Player of the Year

  • Regarded as one of the top 25 players nationally with an overall rankings of # 6 by ESPN, # 17 by 247Sports and # 24 by Rivals

  • Ended the 2016 season with 63 tackles, seven interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns and nine pass separations for coach Verlon Dorminey

  • Two-time Florida Class 3A All-State Award winner and is recognized as one of the top 5 players in the state

  • Is the son of Gwen and Randy Wade

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