Tuesday, January 29, 2013
ESPN 150 RB plans visit; decision date set
By William Wilkerson and Damon Sayles
Better late than never when it comes to a program getting an official visit from one of the nation’s most coveted recruits, right?
And, with national signing day so close, maybe late is better than ever?
Four-star tailback Dontre Wilson will make his college decision following an official visit to Texas.
That’s what Texas is hoping now that Oregon commitment and four-star athlete Dontre Wilson will be on campus this weekend for an official visit, according to DeSoto coach Claude Mathis and Dontre's father Don Wilson.
Not only will Wilson visit Texas, but he will decide among Oregon, Ohio State and Texas on Sunday following his stay in Austin, according to Don Wilson.
"He said he wants to announce on Sunday," Don Wilson said. "You're dealing with an 18-year-old here, but that's what he told me [Tuesday] morning. I don't know if he's going to announce it publicly, but he said he'll have his mind made up."
This comes as a bit of a surprise for a program, in Texas, that must have thought its chances of getting him on campus before signing day were slim to none, given that he visited Ohio State last weekend and previously was scheduled to visit Oklahoma State this weekend.
Apparently, though, the Longhorns kept the midnight oil burning in pursuit of the electrifying playmaker, and it has paid off.
"He wants to check it out," Don Wilson said. "He doesn't want to leave any rocks unturned. [Major] Applewhite shoots from the hip, and he likes that. Maybe he'll have a sit-down with Applewhite or sit with Johnathan [Gray]."
Wilson has been committed to Oregon since May 25 but began to entertain the idea of taking other visits when Chip Kelly left to take the head-coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles.
New Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich led a flock of seven Oregon coaches to DeSoto on Jan. 24 to show Wilson that his role wasn’t going to change with Kelly no longer in Eugene, Ore.
"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."
Wilson still took his official visit to Ohio State a few days later and will check out what Texas has to offer before making his announcement on Sunday.
"Before he leaves the state, he said he had to check out what's in state," Don Wilson said. "He said he needed to do that."
Ranked No. 55 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.