Written by Corbett Smith
DeSoto RB, Ohio State signee Dontre Wilson: Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite tried to sell the spread, not pro-style, offense
Even though DeSoto running back Dontre Wilson took a trip to Texas on the final weekend before National Signing Day, he admitted after his high school’s signing ceremony that he knew Ohio State could be his eventual destination.
“I pretty much knew when I took my trip there that was the place for me,” Wilson said.
Wilson announced his switch from Oregon to the Buckeyes on Monday, ending a three-way race between Texas, OSU and Oregon which was started when Chip Kelly departed Oregon to the NFL. He signed with Ohio State on Wednesday, joining Plano Prestonwood’s Mike Mitchell as the two D-FW players heading to Columbus, Ohio.
The 4-star running back said that Kelly’s actions in the final day as a college coach – visiting Wilson in DeSoto, but not insinuating that he wouldn’t be in Eugene in 2013 – burned bridges with Oregon’s program.
“How it ended didn’t sit well with me,” Wilson said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be the same with him gone.”
Texas pushed hard on the final weekend, Wilson’s father, Don, said. But there was too much uncertainty on how the Longhorns would utilize a dual-threat back like Wilson – especially with a loaded backfield with Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown already in Austin.
Wilson said Texas new offensive coordinator Major Applewhite tried to sell him on changes that would be coming to the Longhorns’ offense – changing from Bryan Harsin’s pro-style offense to more of a spread attack. But Wilson said that he didn’t want to head to Austin with promises that UT’s offense would eventually embrace his skill set.