Sunday, February 3, 2013
After UT trip, decision soon for Wilson
By Damon Sayles
The weekend visit to Texas is over, and now, it’s time for ESPN 150 athlete Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) to make a decision.
When that decision will come, however, is still to be determined. Don Wilson, Dontre’s father, said to expect a decision before national signing day.
The father of Dontre Wilson said his imminent college decision is wearing on him. The ESPN 150 athlete will decide between Oregon, Ohio State and Texas on or before signing day.
“It’s wearing on him a little bit, and he’s been quiet about the situation,” Don Wilson said Sunday afternoon. “I haven’t been bothering him much about it, but I can tell he’s ready to get it over with.
“I think he might [announce] sooner than [signing day]. So many coaches are waiting on what he’s going to do; I know I wouldn’t want to be held up to the last minute.”
Don Wilson said Dontre, an Oregon commit, took the weekend official visit to Austin, Texas, as a means of “finishing homework with what he wanted to learn from Texas.” He added that his son enjoyed the visit and the Longhorns left a lasting impression.
“They worked him; Mack [Brown] brought out the big dogs,” Don Wilson said. “[Dontre] had a chance to see Vince [Young] and Earl [Campbell], and he had a chance to see a lot of the guys working out. It was a pretty good weekend, all in all.”
Wilson, a running back/wide receiver hybrid who is No. 55 in the ESPN 150, verbally committed to Oregon in May but has been teetering on decommitting since Chip Kelly left to coach the Philadelphia Eagles. Ohio State was thought to be Oregon’s sole competition but Texas, led by co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite, came on strong late and was able to get Wilson in for an official visit over the weekend.
Now, the three programs will play the waiting game. Per Don Wilson, one of the three will be elated before signing day.
“It may be tomorrow; I don’t know,” he said.
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. Wilson is ranked No. 5 among athletes nationally and No. 5 among players in Texas for the 2013 class.