Friday, January 25, 2013
A look at this weekend's OSU visitors
By Brad Bournival
Signing day sits 11 days away.
Wide receivers come. Wide receivers go, especially when it comes to Ohio State.
Tyree Robinson and Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) were offered by the Buckeyes and scheduled official visits for this weekend. Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) did the same.
None of the three will be here, as the Robinsons stayed put as Oregon pledges, while Priester will hit the field as a Clemson Tiger.
Two potential receivers are making trips to Ohio State, however, and both are very much on the radar of the Buckeyes, as Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) make their way to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend.
Here’s a closer look at each:
Dontre Wilson: Wilson has been an Oregon commitment since May 25. He also has been intrigued by the Buckeyes offensive system for a while. The four-star ESPN 150 athlete, who is being looked at as a slot receiver, originally had the Buckeyes as one of his finalists.
When Chip Kelly left Oregon to coach the Philadelphia Eagles last week, it didn’t sit right with the 5-foot-10, 174-pound Wilson, though the Ducks did make the right coaching hire in moving former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich into the top slot, according to the senior.
The Ducks did everything in their power on Wednesday to prevent Wilson’s official visit to Columbus, bringing a good chunk of their coaching staff to DeSoto to see Oregon’s second-highest ranked pledge -- Wilson is ranked 55th overall and is the fifth-best athlete in the nation. Only Thomas Tyner -- ranked 54th overall and sixth at running back -- is ranked higher for the Ducks.
The Under Armour All-American rushed for 1,892 yards and 37 touchdowns this season and caught 37 passes for 752 yards, while adding nine more scores. He also returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns.
Wilson also has an official visit lined up Feb. 1 to Oklahoma State.
James Clark: Clark is an interesting situation, as the four-star uncommitted wide receiver wasn’t even strongly on the radar at Ohio State until he was offered a scholarship on Jan. 9. It came during a weekend when the Buckeyes had Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College), Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) and Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) on campus for official visits.
Clark originally was deciding between Ohio State and Clemson for his fourth official visit -- the 5-11, 175-pound Clark already had been to Purdue, Northwestern and Nebraska. He liked his visit with the Tigers, and his intentions were to take his final visit to Florida this weekend.
That all changed when Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer made an in-home visit Wednesday in an attempt to get the speedy wide receiver up to Columbus. It worked, as Clark changed his official from Florida to Ohio State, though he has not eliminated the Gators from his list of schools.
Incidentally, he's planning on taking an unofficial visit to Florida on Feb. 2.
The 49th-ranked wide receiver in the nation is coming off a senior season in which he caught 49 passes for 1,112 yards and eight touchdowns.