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The key battle to watch is whether or not Oregon can hold onto Dontre Wilson, the No. 55 player in the country and a Duck commit since May.
Helfrich’s first few weeks as a head coach have not been easy for him recruiting wise. Go up against one of the best recruiters in Urban Meyer for a blue chip recruit isn’t the way I would want to start a new job.
Wilson is especially an interesting case because of the way he has gone against his word so far in the recruiting process.
Even with the uncertainty of Chip Kelly staying at Oregon, Wilson was said to be a fully committed to playing for the Ducks after De’Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff of the Fiesta Bowl for a touchdown.
The minute I saw De’Anthony Thomas return that kickoff [to open the Fiesta Bowl], I was ready to throw on a jersey. I’m 100 percent committed to Oregon.
Wilson also stated that as long as running backs coach Gary Campbell and Helfrich remained at Oregon, he would continue to honor his commitment.
It's real cool. I'm all about Oregon and would have stayed there even if he left. As long as [running backs] Coach [Gary] Campbell and [offensive coordinator Marc] Helfrich stay, I'm gonna be a Duck."
Weeks later when Kelly had another change of heart and left Oregon to coach in the NFL, affected Wilson's decision.
As of now, Wilson is reportedly 50/50 on the Ducks or the Buckeyes, but to make things even more interesting, Wilson will take a last minute visit to Texas.
Helfrich was able to fight off Meyer’s advancements on current Oregon commits Tyree and Tyrell Robinson as well as Darren Carrington, who all scrapped their official visits to Ohio State, but keep your attention on this recruiting battle. It will most definitely come down to the wire.