The DeSoto, Texas native was headed to Oregon, but Urban Meyer had other plans for the 4-star prized recruit. Dontre Wilson flipped from Oregon to Ohio State on Feb. 4, 2013, just two days before he signed his letter of intent to suit up for the Buckeyes that coming fall. Enrolling on July 23,, Dontre was set to do nothing but turn heads throughout summer workouts and fall camp.
In his first season for the Buckeyes, he played in all 14 games as a true freshman, totaling 983 all-purpose yards. Wilson rushed for 250 yards on 31 rushing attempts and scored one touchdown. Through the air, he caught 22 balls for 210 yards and two more scores for Ohio State. With these stats, Dontre was named to 247sports True Freshman All-American second-team.
Fall of 2014 was poised to be the beginning of a breakout season for Ohio State's H-back, but with the emergence of redshirt freshman Jalin Marshall and a suffered broken foot occurring at Michigan State, Wilson's season ended. Missing the final six games, including the inaugural college football playoff, Wilson ended his sophomore season with over 1,000 all-purpose yards.
But why does 2015 have the potential to be Dontre's best season yet? Dontre, as stated earlier, plays in the H-back role for the Buckeyes. Urban Meyer has made it a priority to recruit the best players all over the country to play in his "Percy Harvin" role. The head of the Buckeyes has even stated that he looks for "freaks" to fit the mold of his H-back position. Wilson has more than enough talent to make an impressive impact this fall at the H-back position with his speed and athleticism, but can he live up to the hype that surrounded his name coming out of high school and finally put it all together this coming season?
It's no surprise that Ohio State is loaded when it comes to offensive weapons. With an incredibly talented backfield with the likes of Ezekiel Elliot, Curtis Samuel, and incoming freshman, Mike Weber, it will be a dogfight for carries after Zeke. On the other hand, the receiving corp has a slew of playmakers in Michael Thomas, Noah Brown, and Corey Smith Jr. to name a few. Then there's the infamous H-back role that sees the likes of Jalin Marshall and Parris Campbell along with Dontre Wilson. With so many names on the offensive side of the ball, how can this possibly be Dontre's best season yet? After all, Marshall did show that he has solidified himself as the H-back with his 2014 season.
Being a junior this fall, Dontre is the most veteran player that has seen time in the H-back role for Ohio State. His role could be expanded for the Buckeyes as well. As we know, Jalin Marshall worked out at receiver for coach Zach Smith this spring and seemed to have success out wide in the "X" position as a pass catcher. This could potentially allow for both Jalin and Dontre to line up together on the field at the same time providing nothing but speed for Ohio State. Also, you can almost definitely bet that Wilson will be back deep as a return-man catching kick-offs and punts this fall. With a potentially expanded role this season, Dontre could be seen lined up at running back, receiver, H-back, and as a return-man.
Buckeye fans have seen glimpses of brilliance from Wilson, but with a successful foot surgery and being back to 100 percent health-wise, 2015 could be Dontre's best season yet as a Buckeye. He sure seems to think so and so do I.
100% healthy and a 100% hungry ! keep sleeping i aint showed yall nothing yet on me— Dontre Wilson (@treydayy_) June 19, 2015