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Wilson considers Kelly, NFL rumors

1/4/2013

ESPN 150 athlete and Ducks commit Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) is ready to close the book on his recruitment and is fully committed to Oregon, whether or not Chip Kelly remains the coach of the program.

Reports had surfaced throughout Friday's Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., that Kelly is close to accepting the top coaching position with the Cleveland Browns.

“Coach Kelly is a tremendous coach and he’s had a great run at Oregon to help put that program on the map,” Wilson said. “But the players are in place and the program is rolling now. Coach [Mark] Helfrich and coach [Gary] Campbell are still there and that’s the big thing for me.”

If Kelly accepts the Browns job, Oregon will likely promote Helfrich to head coach.

“I think the continuity of the program is still there,” Wilson added. “Coach Kelly came in from being the OC and he was very successful. I expect Coach Helfrich to be the same way.”

Wilson said that watching Oregon’s 35-17 victory in Thursday's Fiesta Bowl made him more excited to be a Duck.

“The minute I saw De’Anthony Thomas return that kickoff I was ready to throw on a jersey,” Wilson added. “I’m 100 percent committed to Oregon.”