Written by Corbett Smith
DeSoto RB Dontre Wilson decommits from Oregon, pledges to Ohio State
Opening up his recruitment in mid-January when coach Chip Kelly left Oregon for the NFL, DeSoto running back Dontre Wilson announced Monday on Fox4 that he will sign with Ohio State, choosing the Buckeyes over Oregon and Texas.
Wilson said during the football season that he was attracted to Oregon because of the Ducks’ wide-open attack, with Kelly as the architect of its heralded “blur” offense. But he became disenchanted with Oregon when Kelly didn’t give Wilson, his father or his coach Claude Mathis a warning that he might be heading to the Philadelphia Eagles, even though Kelly’s announcement came a day after he had an in-home visit with the Wilsons.
“To me, it was wrong,” Wilson said in the lead-up to his announcement. “It kind of hurt me a little.”
Following Kelly’s departure, Wilson was heavily courted by Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma State. He took visits to Columbus, Ohio and Austin over the past two weekends – and narrowed his finalists to Oregon, Texas and Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ staff made two in-home visits: by offensive coordinator Tom Herman on Jan. 17, the evening Wilson was named SportsDay’s offensive player of the year, and head coach Urban Meyer on Jan. 21.
A participant in the Under Armour All-America Game, Wilson rushed for 1,892 yards and 37 touchdowns this season, catching 37 passes for 752 yards and nine scores, and returning both a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.