On Monday night, the anticipation mounted as the four-star prospect, Dontre Wilson, played the dreaded “hat game” in front of millions of Buckeyes, Longhorns, and Ducks fans. A former Oregon commit, Wilson decommited from the Ducks after former head coach Chip Kelly left for the NFL. While it was not surprising that Dontre Wilson would “flip” from Oregon, it was unaware whether or not Wilson would head to Ohio State or his “hometown” team, Texas.
Fortunately for Buckeyes fans, Wilson chose the Scarlet and Gray cap, deeming it “the University of Ohio State”. Regardless of the terrible name flub, which is becoming more and more common for reasons I don’t understand, Wilson is a huge signing for the Buckeyes, who have already put together a dominant class. Snubbing an amazing football institution not far from his house and turning a cheek to his “old school”, Wilson certainly made a statement for both the Ohio State football program as a whole, and Urban Meyer, Tom Herman, and the other coaches who have created a sort of “pipeline” from Texas to Columbus.
Wilson is a 4 –star athlete out of DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas, who has wowed scouts with his athletic ability and versatility. His 5’10, 170 pound frame allows him to play all over the field. He could be used as a running back, receiver, or even returner at Ohio State. In high school, Wilson was primarily a running back, but also played receiver on the offensive side of the football.
The reason that Wilson is so intriguing is his resemblance to another Urban Meyer recruit: Percy Harvin. Harvin broke all sorts of records for Meyer at the University of Florida, but never really had a permanent position on the football field. Used as a “slot” guy, Harvin made plays wherever and whenever needed.
Many scouts and fans alike see Wilson’s potential in this Harvin-like slot position. The only seemingly unsure thing was whether or not Wilson would want to fill that slot position at Ohio State or elsewhere.
He certainly won’t see the field right away for the Buckeyes, as they have quite a lot of depth at the “athletic” positions, Wilson will certainly see the field soon enough, and when he does, the country better watch out.
After landing Wilson, Ohio State moved up two spots in the Rivals.com 2013 Class Rankings and now sit at number two in the nation, tied with Florida and one behind the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Oregon Ducks are sitting at 36 in the nation and will probably drop further thanks to the departure of their coach Chip Kelly.
Buckeye Nation should be extremely excited to bring Dontre Wilson into the mix. An extremely good athlete with 4.5 speed, Wilson should fit into Urban Meyer’s “spread” system with relative ease. He may not make an immediate impact, but down the road, Wilson is going to make plays for Ohio State.
Dontre Wilson’s Senior Highlight Video:
Dontre Wilson’s Junior Highlight Video:
Feature from Legacy Sports Network on Dontre Wilson: