'13 4-star RB/ATH Dontre Wilson continued to keep everybody guessing up just about until his final announcement, but after a last second visit to the University of Texas (just weeks after effectively telling them thanks but no thanks, essentially), Wilson announced on the local news in Dallas that he was decommitting from Oregon and committing to Ohio State. Similar to the journey of '13 WR and Louisville commit James Quick, in the weeks, no one really had anything concrete about where he was headed to school, except Wilson himself. The class of 2013 now increases its total to 24 total commitments, which is a bit on the high side of where many would have predicted it would most likely end around. With Urban Meyer having proved an adept roster math navigator, the Buckeyes could possibly still take one or two more (Vonn Bell/James Clark?), and could have further additional churn yet.
For now, the 5'10", 165-pound speedster can keep head coach Urban Meyer and his staff geeked about the weapons at their disposal, after getting him to flip from the Ducks. Wilson brings some serious speed to the table – he's been clocked at a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash – and can provide a spark at any point when put in the type of offense that Ohio State runs. In his senior season, Wilson rushed for 1,895 yards on 294 carries with 37 rushing touchdowns. Proving his versatility, Wilson also contributed in the vertical passing game, hauling in 37 receptions for 750 yards and adding five more touchdowns. While he may be a bit under-sized, the speed Wilson has can offset that easily, which is exactly the type of player that excels in Meyer and Ohio State offensive coordinator's offense.
The Buckeyes can breathe a sigh of relief now that their pursuit of Wilson has come to a conclusion. With the zero hour visit to his home-state Longhorns, Texas and Oregon remained closely in it until the bitter end. Fortunately for Ohio State, Wilson ultimately decided Ohio State was the best fit for him.
It's pretty much a given that Wilson will be used in Ohio State's Power Spread offense as a hybrid-type player. A mix of running back and slot receiver awaits Wilson's future, and Buckeye faithful have to have hope that Wilson will be able to see the field early, whether if it is on special teams returning kicks or maybe a few packages in the slot. The coaching staff will see to if Wilson is ready, and if he is, he'll definitely find the field.
Dontre Wilson is the country's No. 107 overall prospect, the No. 6 all-purpose back and the No. 14 prospect in the talent-rich state of Texas, according to 247Sports.
Check out what Wilson is bringing to Columbus when he suits up next fall: