4-Star RB Dumps Oregon, Signs With Ohio State

By Tyler Waddell
Greg Bartram – USA Today Sports

Urban Meyer has proven time and time again that the sky is the limit when it comes to getting the best recruits in the country.

He did it again Monday night when four-star running back Dontre Wilson flipped his commitment from the Oregon Ducks to the Ohio State Buckeyes on a local DeSoto (TX) television broadcast.

Wilson is the No. 5 running back for the class of 2013, according to Rivals. Many feel as if the 5-foot-10, 175-pound all-purpose back will be best utilized in the “Percy Harvin role” of Meyer’s dynamic spread-option offense, which is currently filled by soon-to-be senior Corey (Philly) Brown.

Meyer stressed the Buckeyes’ lack of offensive playmakers in 2012, especially at the wide receiver position. Now he’ll have top talents such as Jalin Marshall, Corey Smith, Marcus Baugh, Ezekiel Elliot (pending his signing), and Wilson to work with, not to mention his experienced returning starters.

Even with the overwhelming list of highly-touted prospects coming in, Wilson will definitely have a chance to secure a starting spot for this fall. His breakaway speed, sure-handedness and versatility are quality assets that will give Braxton Miller another viable – and dangerous – option on offense.

Not to mention that he will likely make an immediate impact on special teams, an area where the Buckeyes have underachieved over the last several seasons.

Wilson compiled 2,773 all-purpose yards off 334 touches (8.3 yards per touch) and 46 touchdowns his senior year in high school. For those who are still counting fingers, that means he found the end zone on nearly every seventh touch of the football.

That’s insane.

Oregon can’t be too surprised, either. The Ducks had it coming when Chip Kelly low-balled his recruits by committing to the school just to head to the NFL less than one week later.

Not only did Wilson pick Ohio State over Oregon, but there were some rumors that he’d select the Texas Longhorns – a hometown favorite.

Wilson becomes the 24th member of Urban Meyer’s high-profile recruiting class. National Signing Day is tomorrow (Wednesday).
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