The 5” 11” 175 pound running back recently visited the Ohio State Buckeyes and was reportedly split between OSU and Oregon, with no further planned visits. However, that changed somewhere in the past day or so and now his father is telling the media that his son will visit the Longhorns down in Austin.
Previous attempts by Texas to snag Wilson failed due to the inability of the Longhorns to convince him to take on a role similar to the type that DJ Monroe and Daje Johnson fill. Now, though, Texas could be able to offer just what Wilson wants and steal him away from the Ducks.
With Major Applewhite calling the plays for the Longhorn offense, things will change on that side of the ball. If the second half of the Alamo Bowl is any indication of how Applewhite wants to run his squad, and trust me it is, then Texas will become a more dynamic, fast paced style of offense similar to the one Oregon runs. Applewhite already showed that he wants to spread the ball around more and in the Alamo Bowl he did so by trying to put it in the hands of Johnson and Monroe, which is the role Wilson would be filling. All of that means running more plays and more plays mean more touches for young, dynamic players like Wilson.
Since formerly UT bound RB Kyle Hicks betrayed the ‘Horns and changed his commitment to the TCU Horned Frogs, Texas has no running backs in their 2013 recruiting class, and that could actually help them get Wilson. By being the sole RB in the 2013 class, Wilson instantly gets a leg up on becoming the man of the future for Texas. The Longhorns currently have an impressive stable of backs with Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron, Johnathan Gray, and Johnson, but that means that Wilson would have time to put on a little size and develop his game even more before having to take on the pressure of carrying the team. I have no doubt that he would see plenty of touches as a freshman, though.
Austin is also only about 180 miles from DeSoto, so if being close to home is a factor in Wilson’s decision the Longhorns will have a clear edge there.
Wilson would fit in perfectly at Texas, and UT needs to flip the young man to prove that they are still the Sheriff when it comes to recruiting in the Lone Star State. With the Texas A&M Aggies and the Horned Frogs on the rise, the Longhorns have a lot more competition when it comes to the top guys in the state of Texas. Picking up a guy like Wilson would allow them to protect the future of their program both on and off the field. Not to mention that DeSoto is a running back factory nicely situated in TCU’s back yard, so building a relationship there would be great for Texas.
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