Dontre Wilson, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back from DeSoto (Texas) High ended his recruiting migration with a commitment to Ohio State.
Originally selecting to make a non-binding verbal commitment to Oregon during DeSoto’s Spring Game, Wilson selected the Buckeyes over the Ducks and the Texas Longhorns Monday night during the local Dallas-area sports broadcast on FOX 4.
“(It was) a long hard decision, man,” said on the broadcast with friends and family in the background for support. “But I mean I have thought about it a lot but I will go to the University of Ohio State.”
“Mainly I just feel Coach Meyer has something going good there right now and they could have been in the National Championship this year if it had not been for the bowl ban. I just feel like I can go down there and be a great asset for their team.”
Wilson was all set to sign with Oregon until head coach Chip Kelly announced his intentions to leave the program for the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL.
“To me that was kind of wrong," Wilson said of the fact that the coach visited him and recruited him the day prior to his departure.
He tripped to Ohio State and Texas before announcing his decision, “falling in love” with the Urban Meyer led program that went 12-0 in the coach’s first season at the helm.
Wilson, a Scout.com 4-star prospect, is rated as the No. 10 running back in the country.
“They said I would get a lot of (early) PT (playing time) and also I will be a great special teams player for the team,” Wilson informed of one of the recruiting pitches that he bought in to.
As a senior, Wilson earned Scout.com All-Midlands honors when he rushed for over 1,895 yards and scored 37 touchdowns. He added an addition 750 receiving yards and nine scores.
Wilson is the third commitment from Texas to make his commitment to sign with the Buckeyes – joining Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider High QB J.T. Barrett and Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian Academy MLB Mike Mitchell in the Scarlet and Grey. Barrett is already on campus as an early enrollee.