- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
Dontre Wilson planned to announce his college decision at DeSoto’s spring game on May 25. That plan has changed.
The ESPN 150 four-star athlete told HornsNation he isn’t prepared to reach a decision this month and likely won’t until later this fall.
“I thought about it. I was going to commit, but I can’t,” Wilson said. “I wanted to push it back because I have to make sure it’s right for me. I was going to commit just to get the pressure off my back.”
Texas and Oregon continue to lead the way for the 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back, but Ohio State has made a strong push in recent months.
“I’ve been talking to Urban Meyer on the phone,” he said. “That’s a blessing to me. He’s one of the best coaches ever. To me, they’re making a good push.”
Wilson said the Buckeyes are a contender for his pledge due to Meyer’s history of putting skill players in the NFL. As for where Texas stands, Wilson still has concerns about where he’d fit in the Longhorns’ offensive scheme.
“I’m just looking out for my future. Texas, they’re four-deep at running back,” Wilson said. “They tell me I’ll be like D.J. Monroe, but D.J. Monroe barely got the ball. That’s affecting Texas.
“Oregon, they will always be up there because Oregon is that perfect offense for me – a speed offense. But it might not be the right fit, I don’t know.”
Despite Texas’ current logjam at running back, Wilson does think the position might not look so crowded were he to choose the Longhorns.
“If I was to come, Joe [Bergeron] would probably be at another position,” he said. “Malcolm [Brown] will probably be in the league. D.J. Monroe will be gone. If I was to come, it would probably be me and Johnathan Gray and the dude from Arlington Martin, Kyle Hicks.”
Reports began to surface this week that Ohio State has jumped into Wilson’s top two along with Oregon, but he has denied those rumors.
“I don’t know where they came from,” Wilson said. “I never said [Texas] was out of the picture. That never came out of my mouth.”
The state’s top uncommitted junior prospect spent four days on Oregon’s campus this spring and hopes to visit Ohio State this summer, but he admitted distance could still end up being a factor in his choice.
“Wherever I go, I’m going to make it a business decision,” he said. “Being homesick, that’s something you can’t have when you go off to college because you’re by yourself.”
Wilson is in Austin this weekend for the state track meet but will not meet with Texas coaches on Saturday. Texas will visit Wilson in the next few weeks when he’s back on the football practice field.
On Thursday, DeSoto coach Claude Mathis told HornsNation he believed Wilson was still considering six schools, including Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. Wilson said he’s still considering all his options and “nobody is out of the picture” at this point.
“I’ll probably decide towards the end of the season,” Wilson said. “It’s hard. But it’s what I’ve got to deal with.”