Monday, February 4, 2013
Dontre Wilson commits to Buckeyes
By Damon Sayles
Dontre Wilson, the No. 55 player in the ESPN 150, ended weeks of speculation Monday night when he committed to Ohio State over Oregon and Texas.
The DeSoto (Texas) running back/wide receiver hybrid -- who had more than 2,600 total yards and 46 touchdowns in 2012 -- announced on Dallas-area television Monday night that he has switched his verbal commitment from Oregon to Ohio State and will sign with the Buckeyes on Wednesday.
For weeks, Wilson let his father, Don Wilson, operate as his spokesperson. His only messages about recruiting had come by way of Twitter. One of Dontre Wilson's final messages before committing described all that he was going through.
He tweeted early Sunday evening: "this will be the hardest decision ill have to make in my life so far!"
That decision ultimately came Monday, and Wilson became the Buckeyes' 24th overall commitment.
Don Wilson said Dontre's decision -- contrary to popular factors involving location, conference affiliation or recruiting class talent -- came down to one major factor.
"He looked for the best opportunity to shine in the offense. That was the main thing," Don Wilson said.
Dontre Wilson first committed to Oregon on May 25, but speculation began to creep about possible interest in Ohio State toward the end of 2012, and that speculation immediately escalated once Chip Kelly left Oregon to coach the Philadelphia Eagles during the middle of last month.
Wilson added further drama when he chose to take one last official visit to Texas this past weekend.
While the Longhorns made an intriguing -- albeit last-minute -- pitch, Wilson decided the best place for him was Columbus.
"He'd gotten tired of [the process]. It pretty much wore him down," Don Wilson said. "I told him you've got to make a big-boy decision, and you'd have to tell everybody no but one person."
Dontre Wilson's high school coach Claude Mathis watched Wilson rush for 1,895 yards and 37 touchdowns and catch 37 passes for 750 yards and nine touchdowns during the 2012 season.
Wilson led DeSoto to the Texas Class 5A Division I state semifinals. He finished his high school career with more than 3,200 rushing yards, more than 1,200 receiving yards and 81 touchdowns.
Wilson, ranked No. 5 among athletes nationally and No. 5 among players in Texas for the 2013 class, was described by Mathis with one word -- a word he said Ohio State fans will soon understand.
"Warrior," Mathis said. "That's how I would describe him. He will do everything he can and anything he can to help his team. He is a true warrior, and because of that, no matter where he goes, he is going to do well."