Monday, February 4, 2013
What Dontre Wilson's flip means to Ducks
By Brandon Oliver
After flipping ESPN 150 prospects on signing day in 2011 and 2012, it appears the Ducks will have the tables turned on them this year.
ATH Dontre Wilson, a long-time Oregon commit, has been waffling on his commitment since Chip Kelly's departure last month. On local television Monday night, the No. 55 player in the ESPN 150 announced that he is switching his commitment to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
What will it mean for Oregon?
Rumors of Wilson's decision to flip to Urban Meyer's program have been floating around since before his visit to Columbus in mid-January. Two days before signing day, the Ducks' worst fears were confirmed as Wilson finally made it public. The switch comes despite a recent in-home visit by Oregon RB coach Gary Campbell, who Wilson has called, "a father figure," throughout his recruitment.
In recent years, the Ducks have made a habit of flipping recruits from other programs in the waning moments of the recruiting cycle. What happens now that it has has happened to them at a position of need? Luckily for the Ducks, they secured an early commitment from local legend Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha), who committed during his junior season. Tyner is the No. 54 player in the ESPN 150 and gives the Ducks a bigger back to provide depth behind Byron Marshall and De'Anthony Thomas.
The Ducks need depth at running back and Wilson would have helped, but he would likely have filled a role similar to the one Thomas does as a playmaker in all facets of the game. Tyner is the kind of back who can give the Ducks 30 carries a game if they need him to. On Sunday night, the Ducks added more depth with a commitment from RB Kani Benoit (Phoenix/Thunderbird). Benoit isn't the explosive athlete that Wilson is, but he is a solid addition to the Ducks' class.