Yesterday the Buckeyes kicked off their 2018 season in a great way by defeating Oregon State, 77-31. Tying the record for the most points scored in a season opener, Ohio State’s offensive attack was clicking on all cylinders. With new starting quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, the offense opened up the playbook a bit and let his arm show just how dynamic this team’s offense can, and will, be with a true gunslinger of a signal caller. With this passing attack, the Ohio State receivers looked like they were as polished as they have been in the Meyer era, and that alone has to make potential receiver recruits pay attention to what looks like the newest form of the Buckeye offense.
Of course it’s easy to understand, but the point is that having a true passing attack appeals to top receiver prospects. The Buckeyes have always had the ability to land great players at the position, but with the recruiting of more pro-style quarterbacks rather than the dual-threat guys, WR recruits are taking serious note of the changes being made in Columbus.
To put it simply, something that has been said many times, the last time Ohio State won the ultimate prize, they had a true deep-threat passing attack with Cardale Jones as the quarterback. Not to slight J.T. Barrett at all, but the ability to stretch the defense is vital to success on the field, and in terms of recruiting receivers.
With Haskins’ success on Saturday, one person that undoubtedly took notice was 5-star 2019 commit, Garrett Wilson of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. Easily one of, if not the, top receiver in the country for this current cycle, Wilson’s athleticism, speed, and work ethic is exactly why he continues to see success on and off the field. Each week Garrett has the potential to prove his worth and he continues to do so. In fact, over the weekend, Wilson was Land-Grant Holy Land’s commit MVP as he once again went off for a huge performance in his Friday night game.
In the opening game of his senior campaign for Lake Travis, Garrett hauled in six catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns, helping capture the win over Arlington Martin High School. With six catches, the amount of targets isn’t necessarily what’s impressive concerning his overall performance Friday night.
However, when you see six catches go for nearly 100 yards, Wilson was averaging about 15 yards per catch. Not only will his two touchdowns have Buckeye fans excited, but even more impressive is that many of the catches that Wilson made were against more than single coverage.
A true superstar both out wide and in the slot, Garrett’s route running ability allowed him every chance to break off of defenders and position himself in space. A sign of a seasoned veteran, Wilson help his quarterback into high percentage situations shows his football IQ and understanding of technique to put himself in the best position to make a catch.
With a crowded room of veteran receivers on this 2018 Buckeye roster, Wilson’s talent should help him get onto the field and contribute as early as his true freshman season next fall; especially considering the new redshirt rule. Until then, enjoy watching Garrett be a man among boys at the prep level. Our guess: he’ll continue to dominate in MVP-type fashion.