Sunday, January 20, 2013
Dontre Wilson monitoring Ducks' staff
By Damon Sayles
Sunday’s news of offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich being named Oregon’s new head coach was good news to ESPN 150 athlete and Ducks commit Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto). However, according to his father, more needs to happen for Wilson to be totally sold -- or resold, in the eyes of some -- on the Ducks.
Don Wilson said he and Dontre were excited to hear that Helfrich got the job, but he and his son are waiting for a couple of other questions to be answered. For example, who will take over offensive coordinator duties? Will running backs coach Gary Campbell stick around? Also, who will take the place of associate athletic director James Harris, who left with Chip Kelly for Philadelphia to become an assistant general manager?
For the time being, Don Wilson said his son is still very solid with Oregon, but in order to stay solid, they’re both hoping to get some quick answers regarding the coaching staff.
“Oregon’s still got a lot of stuff to work out,” Don Wilson. "We’re hoping [receivers coach] Scott Frost will get the offensive coordinator job. As for James, he was the guy who was kind of our line to Oregon, not just to football but the education side, as well. He was the guy getting everything together for the transition from high school to college. People don’t realize how big he was. There’s a lot of stuff that they still need to figure out. Once they do that, that’ll be a big deal for [Dontre]. If it all works out, that will seal things."
Don Wilson reconfirmed that while his son is an Oregon commit, he still will take a visit to Ohio State this weekend, and they are still considering a visit to Oklahoma State the weekend of Feb. 1.
“It’s all stressing him out, but he’s handling it,” Don Wilson said. “He’s been real quiet. He’s just kind of letting things happen. He’s still wearing Oregon wristbands around the house. He hasn’t taken them off this year, I don’t think. He’s really trying to handle this like a typical teen-ager. I tell him not to let it be a negative stresser. There are about 10 million kids who would love to have his problem.”