Multiple players opting back in

September 18, 2020

Multiple players opting back in … No big surprise here, but with the Big Ten and PAC-12 apparently back for some football this fall, a number of players who had opted out of playing have changed their minds and will play. That includes a number of prominent Big Ten prospects including star CB Shaun Wade and OG Wyatt Davis, both of whom are considered to be among the best, if not THE top prospect at their respective position. Other Big Ten players who opted back in are Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth, who has said that he never actually officially opted out, rising Michigan OT Jalen Mayfield, Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman and Michigan State DE Jacub Panasiuk. Bateman’s return though is not guaranteed as he has already signed with an agent and will have some hurdles to clear before he will be able to play in college again. Meanwhile, though Panasiuk had opted out, he never declared for the draft and instead said that he was going to sit out this season because of COVID concerns and return for the 2021 college season. The Big Ten, though, still did lose at least one player as Michigan WR Nico Collins, a late first round candidate, has reportedly opted out and has signed with an agent. Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike also has opted out and declared for the draft. Elsewhere, LSU DE Neil Farrell has officially opted back in, while DT Tyler Shelvin has reportedly asked the team for permission to return. At the same time, in a couple of non-covid moves, Tennessee OG Cade Mays has won his appeal for immediate eligibility after initially being denied following his transfer from Georgia. Not so good news, though, for North Carolina FS Myles Wolfolk who has been ruled academically ineligible for the rest of the season. Wolfolk, who is more of a late round or free agent type, is expected to begin prepping for the draft as he will be out of eligibility next year.