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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Ducks visit Wilson, but he still plans visits

By Damon Sayles

In an effort to keep ESPN 150 athlete Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) committed, Oregon decided to make its trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex count.

To quote Wilson’s father Don, “They sent in the army.”

Don Wilson said seven Oregon coaches were in town to visit the electrifying running back/slot-receiver hybrid and let him know that -- even without Chip Kelly on staff -- he’s still one of the program’s most important commits of the 2013 class. Led by new head coach Mark Helfrich, the Oregon coaches sent a strong message to Wilson, the No. 5 athlete in the country and the No. 5 player in Texas.

“It went real good. They were just trying to show that things haven’t changed,” Don Wilson said. “[Helfrich] was showing that he was the man. [New offensive coordinator] Scott Frost was there, and his running backs coach, Gary Campbell, was there. It was a good visit.”

The Ducks coaching staff left Wilson with a positive feeling, but the 5-foot-10, 174-pound athlete still plans on making upcoming visits. He will take in Ohio State this weekend, and his father confirmed that Wilson has a trip to Oklahoma State scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 1.

“They know he’s still going to take that [Ohio State] visit. They wish he wouldn’t, but he’s still going to check things out,” Don Wilson said. “He wants to see it. He might have a chance to meet some guys like Eddie George. I don’t know if he’s pumped for the single-digit weather we’re supposed to see, though.”

Don Wilson continued: “As of right now, the Oklahoma State visit is planned. It all depends on where his mind is after Ohio State. I know the Oregon coaches are hoping Eugene [Ore.] is still home.”

As if things weren’t already complicated enough, Don Wilson noted that Texas will be in town Thursday to meet with his son. They are supposed to meet with co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite.

“We’re going to listen to what he has to say,” Don Wilson said. “It’s the home school. Why give everyone else a shot and not give the home school a shot?”

Wilson committed to Oregon on May 25. Ranked No. 86 in the ESPN 150, Wilson rushed for 1,895 yards and 37 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 750 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior. He led DeSoto to the Texas Class 5A Division I state semifinals.