Written by Corbett Smith
DeSoto's Dontre Wilson dumps Oregon, picks 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 KDFW (Channel 4) that he has switched his commitment to Ohio State, choosing the Buckeyes over Oregon and Texas.
Wilson said during his announcement that he was stung by Kelly’s departure, and upset that Kelly didn’t give Wilson, his father or his high school 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. “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 last two weekends — and narrowed his finalists to Oregon, Texas and Ohio State.
Baylor gets commitment from DeSoto LB: DeSoto linebacker Taylor Young has committed to Baylor, according to DeSoto coach Claude Mathis. Young took an official visit to Baylor on Jan. 25, picking up a late offer from the Bears.
Before the Baylor offer, the 5-11, 225-pound inside linebacker had offers from smaller FBS schools. He had visited Louisiana-Monroe the week before his Baylor trip, holding an offer from the Sun Belt school.
Young was named The Associated Press’ Class 5A state defensive player of the year after registering 122 tackles, four interceptions, three sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
DeSoto safety picks Utah State: DeSoto safety Myron Turner has orally committed to Utah State, according to Mathis, two weeks after being unceremoniously dumped by Washington State.
The 6-0, 175-pound safety took an official visit to Utah State last weekend, and committed Monday.
Houston picks up two area commitments: Lancaster quarterback Demarcus Ayers, No. 65 on the SportsDay Area Top 100 recruiting rankings, and DeSoto cornerback Zach White both committed to Houston on Monday. Ayers, who led Lancaster to the 4A Division I final, will likely move to slot receiver. White’s commitment gives DeSoto an area-best six FBS pledges heading into National Signing Day.
Arlington Heights lineman upset: Over the weekend, Rivals.com reported that Fort Worth Arlington Heights defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson had flipped his commitment from Texas to Alabama.
Robinson (6-5, 304), ranked as the state’s second-best recruit in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.com, told HornsNation that he’s not happy with the timing of the news.
“Texas leaking that story made me kind of mad,” Robinson said. “They kind of tried to ruin the moment for me. Them leaking the story made me mad. I stopped considering them when I told them I was decommitting.”
Texas contributor Trey Scott contributed to this report.