Ohio State earned a commitment from five-star WR Garrett Wilson (Austin, TX / Lake Travis) back in April and the hype has yet to slow down. Wilson is one of the highest rated WR prospects in Ohio State history. The 247Sports Composite Rankings have him listed as the No. 2 WR in the country and the No. 14 overall prospect, regardless of position.
And while the above rankings should be enough to make every member of Buckeye Nation salivate, it is Wilson’s mindset and determination that could make him one of the next great Ohio State WR’s.
On Monday, MaxPreps did a video feature on Wilson, and in it he speaks to his desire to reach the status of Ohio State’s great past WRs including Chris Carter, Joey Galloway, Santonio Holmes and Michael Thomas, if not better.
"Down here in Austin, football is more than a game. It's a religion."— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) August 27, 2018
Lake Travis receiver @GarrettWilson_V aims to be the most prolific receiver @OhioStateFB has ever seen. Winning is in his DNA.
Get ready because Garrett Wilson is coming. Garrett Wilson is next. #WeNext pic.twitter.com/w96swAKkEp
While there were some doubts on his commitment status the last few weeks while the investigation into Urban Meyer was ongoing, Wilson mentioned on numerous occasions that his pledge to Ohio State was strong. In the video posted by MaxPreps, Wilson call Columbus home and that becoming a Buckeye was “a lifelong dream come true.”
Ohio State is looking to be getting a good one in Wilson and his future looks bright. Make sure to watch the above video to see more of what Wilson will be bringing to Ohio State.
It’s all about relationships
Ohio State has been atop of the college football recruiting world in the Urban Meyer era. Meyer is one of the best recruiters in the country and is able to secure the nation’s top talents seemingly year after year.
We have spoken before here that a lot of his success is due to his ability to notice talent early in the recruitment cycle, giving him and his coaching staff ample amounts of time to establish relationships with top-rated recruits. Getting a head start in a prospects recruitment cannot be understated.
However, with the recent turmoil surround the program many have been wondering what Ohio State’s approach to recruiting will be while Meyer is away from the program. The Buckeyes lost a commitment last weekend in four-star linebacker Kane Patterson, and at Monday’s press conference interim head coach Ryan Day addressed this topic in detail.
Day said they’ve told the commits that they can ask question and keep an open communication with them as well as them talking together.— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) August 27, 2018
When Day was asked about how the staff is working on keeping the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes intact, he responded by saying it starts with relationships and the types of kids the University is looking to bring in.
Day also mentioned that the staff is answering questions recruits may have to the best of their abilities, in order to keep the already established trust as strong as possible. This would seem like the best approach this coaching staff can take right now.
Meyer will not be able to rejoin the team until Sept. 2, but rest assured, when he returns, Ohio State’s dominance in the recruiting world will be on full display.