Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Dontre Wilson signs with Ohio State
By Damon Sayles
ESPN 150 athlete Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) has signed with Ohio State.
Wilson switched his commitment from Oregon on Monday. The 5-foot-10, 174-pound athlete could see time all over the field in Urban Meyer’s offense.
What does Wilson’s decision mean nationally?
What it means for Ohio State: Plenty of versatility. Wilson is a true hybrid who can play multiple positions, including running back, slot receiver, outside receiver, Wildcat quarterback and also as a special teams contributor. He is getting comparisons to Percy Harvin.
What it means for Oregon: Any time you lose a player of Wilson’s caliber, it stings. The Ducks expected Wilson to be used similarly to how De’Anthony Thomas is used.
Turning point: Ohio State may have saw the window of opportunity open most when Chip Kelly left Oregon and didn’t give Wilson notice. Kelly visited DeSoto High School, but Wilson didn’t get the message about Kelly’s leaving.
Surprise (scale of 1-5): 1. Wilson announced his commitment on Monday; therefore, fans from both sides of the fence knew where he stood.
Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 5. Wilson’s the type of explosive player who can be a major contributor on special teams as a freshman and also see time in the backfield and at slot receiver early.