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Oregon pledge a relief for ATH Dontre Wilson

7/21/2012

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – The phone isn’t ringing anymore.

For Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), that’s a good thing. No, it’s a great thing.

Ever since the ESPN 150 four-star athlete committed to Oregon on May 25, college coaches from the schools he turned down have steadily backed off.

“I haven’t gotten a call from a recruiter in a long time,” Wilson said.

The 5-foot-10, 174-pound running back said he hasn’t heard from Texas, the runner-up for his pledge, since nearly two weeks before he announced his decision at DeSoto’s spring game.

He’s OK with that. Really, that’s just what Wilson wanted. He’d hoped a commitment would get recruiters and reporters off his back and would let him enjoy his final season as an Eagle.

“It helps me out a lot,” he said. “Now I can focus on getting my team better and winning a state championship.”

The one coach who hasn’t left Wilson alone is Ducks running backs coach Gary Campbell.

“I talk to coach Campbell every day. He’s like my best friend,” Wilson said.

The No. 5 ranked athlete also got to return to his future home state earlier this month for The Opening. Wilson enjoyed his time in in Beaverton, Ore., and the opportunity to compete alongside the nation’s best.

“It was real fun. I did pretty good,” he said. “ I was getting a lot of passes out of the backfield and showing a lot of burst ad quickness.”