The departure of Chip Kelly from the Oregon Ducks to the NFL has opened up the recruiting process for player committed to come to Eugene in 2013. The Ohio State Buckeyes took their shots at a few Oregon commits and have made some impact. With signing day approaching, it appears Oregon and Ohio State will go head to head for the commitment of athlete Dontre Wilson.
Wilson committed to the Ducks last spring, but has taken advantage of the regime change in Eugene to schedule an official visit to Columbus this weekend. The Buckeyes’ style of play under head coach Urban Meyer intrigues Wilson and could be enticing enough to flip Wilson’s commitment to the Big Ten.
Both Oregon and Ohio State run up-tempo explosive offenses that appeal to the four-star playmaker Wilson. The DeSoto, Texas, native has a unique blend of speed and pass catching ability that can get the ball in many different and creative situations to make plays. Chip Kelly built his success on finding ways to get players like Wilson the ball. With Kelly gone to the Philadelphia Eagles, Meyer may be the next best proven coach to utilize the athletic talents Wilson possesses.
For now, though, Wilson remains firmly in the Oregon camp. How strong his commitment stays, however, depends largely on how quickly questions about the Oregon staff can be resolved. According to Dontre’s father, the 5-foot-10, 174-pound speedster was happy to hear Mark Helfrich was promoted to head coach, but he has some questions that are giving him pause.
Who will take over offensive coordinator duties? Will running backs coach Gary Campbell, whom Wilson has become close with in his recruitment, still be there next year? Who will replace associate athletic director James Harris now that he left with Kelly to come assistant general manager with the Eagles?
How quickly Oregon resolves their transition from Kelly and how satisfactory that resolution is Wilson will go a long way in determining where he’ll play next season. Meyer will pull out all of the stops this weekend for the No. 5 athlete in the country, so Oregon’s answers better be good.