The Empire continues our look at the incoming Freshmen and their impact to the team with a feature on Dontre Wilson.
No true Freshman on the Ohio State roster is better suited for an instant impact article than Dontre Wilson. There hasn’t been this much talk about a Wilson since Tom Hanks befriended that volleyball in Cast Away. The hybrid athlete from DeSoto, Texas was once committed to Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks. But after Kelly pulled a Pete Carroll and bolted for the NFL, Wilson realized there was a great coach, system and opportunity in the scarlet pastures of Columbus.
After amassing an incredible 46 touchdowns in his senior year at DeSoto High, including almost 2,000 rushing yards and 750 receiving yards, he was a consensus four star recruit. Not only were his stats staggering, but his other numbers were as well. Those numbers would be 10.5, 20.9, and 4.33. That would be his 100 meter time, his 200 meter time, and his 40 yard dash time, respectively. Yeah Big Ten, you can blink now.
As far as how quickly he can make an impact? He already has. Almost every veteran on the roster mentioned his name when asked which newcomer is catching their eye. Urban Meyer himself said that Wilson will see the field right away. No redshirt, no waiting, just take the ball and run. If a coach of Meyer’s stature is saying that on national television two weeks before kickoff, you know he’s made the right impression.
Among the veteran players that were impressed were names like Braxton Miller, Evan Spencer and Rod Smith. Miller said he’s like a fish swimming away from a shark. Spencer and Smith both commented on how amazing his speed is, but even better on how shifty he is in a crowd. Needless to say, his presence has been noticed, and noticed by all the right people.
Wilson has consistently been running with the first kickoff return group and will look to be there right away on August 31st. He has also split time with the running backs and wide receivers in meetings, so look for him to be the ultimate utility player. Whether it is the H-back “Percy Harvin” spot, or whether it’s a more traditional slot receiver and/or tailback look, Wilson has an extra gear that Meyer has been looking for and will be playing IMMEDIATELY.
Bottom line, much like Tim Taylor’s neighbor on the show Home Improvement who was also named Wilson, this guy will be hard to see. He’s that fast.