Written by Jon Machota
DeSoto's Dontre Wilson verbally commits to Oregon after spring game
DeSoto running back Dontre Wilson decided to use halftime of his team’s spring game Friday night to announce that he will be attending Oregon in 2013.
The 5-10, 176-pound junior chose the Ducks over Texas, Ohio State, Texas A&M and several other Division I schools because he says their fast-paced offense gives him the best chance at reaching the NFL.
“It’s a business decision,” Wilson said. “I just think that’s the perfect offense for me. It’s going to be hard [being away from home] but you just got to get used to it.”
The entire DeSoto team gathered around Wilson near midfield at Eagles Stadium as he took the microphone and announced his decision. He then posed for photos with an Oregon jersey and wore a green Oregon cap on the sidelines for the remainder of the spring game. Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell, a native of Ennis, who has been with the Ducks since 1983, was in attendance.
Wilson was so focused on helping the Eagles win a track state title that he had not talked about his decision with football coach Claude Mathis until Thursday night. Mathis said not until then did he know that Wilson was going to choose Oregon.
When asked at halftime why the Longhorns didn’t get his pledge, Wilson responded, “I just didn't think I was the type of running back to go to Texas.”
Instead, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Oregon running backs like LaMichael James, LeGarrette Blount and Jonathan Stewart.
Even though Mathis said Wilson could be a defensive back at the next level, Wilson made it clear Friday night that he is going to be a running back.
Rivals.com has Wilson, who scored 20 touchdowns last season, ranked as the No. 2 overall all-purpose back in the country and the No. 186 overall player.