In getting ESPN 150 athlete Dontre Wilson (Desoto, Texas/DeSoto) to alter his college choice from Oregon to Ohio State on Sunday, the Buckeyes not only shored up the wide receiver position in the recruiting class of 2013, they picked up an instant threat in the slot.
It’s a position that should look good for a long time to come for the school as the 55th-ranked player in the nation -- he’s No. 5 at the athlete position -- joins Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) as a slot receiver, giving Ohio State two 150 seniors at the position.
Wilson also complements Taivon Jacobs (Forestville, Md./Suitland) and Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College) on the outside and gives the Buckeyes multiple weapons across the board.
What Wilson, who committed to Oregon back on May 25, is more than anything is an all-purpose back that can be a headliner sooner rather than later for the Buckeyes.
His 294 carries for 1,895 yards 37 touchdowns, 37 catches for 750 yards and nine touchdowns attest to that.
But Wilson is one of those Southeastern Conference-type game changers that bring track speed to the position.
While he’ll likely be used as a complementary style player under Meyer’s spread offense, Wilson has to be accounted for on every play.
At 5-foot-10 and 174 pounds, he’ll probably be asked to put on some bulk in college which should only help in the next phase of things.
Wilson has incredible speed bursts and can use those quicks to exploit defenses.
If used at running back alongside ESPN 150 pickup Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs), the tandem could be a backfield feared by everyone in the country.