Ohio State Football: 4-Star All-Purpose Back Dontre Wilson Commits to OSU

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

Oct 6, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer prior to the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

It was just last week when it looked like Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes were scrambling to find a couple of much-needed playmakers for an offense that—outside of Braxton Miller and the occasional play from Devin Smith—lacked explosion in 2012.

As Meyer re-engaged prospects like Ryan Timmons and Corn Elder, it appeared as though the Buckeyes were going through with plan B to find those playmakers.

In a span of one week, though, Meyer has secured commitments from two of the most explosive recruits in the country. 

Last week, it was 4-star JUCO wide receiver Corey Smith. This week, Meyer stole one from Oregon.

Dontre Wilson—a 4-star all-purpose back out of Desota, Texas—flipped from the Oregon Ducks late Monday night and committed to Ohio State.

Dontre Wilson, blue-chip RB from DeSoto TX,just committed to sign with Ohio Stateon Wednesday. Was previously committed to Oregon.

— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) February 5, 2013

Wilson is a dynamic playmaker who piled up over 2,600 yards of total offense to complement 46 touchdowns in his senior season. The Buckeyes recruited Wilson to play in the slot, but the talented athlete could give defenses fits coming out of the backfield in a role Percy Harvin made famous during his time under Meyer.

Wilson's commitment gives Ohio State a very impressive group of skill position players for the 2013 recruiting class. He joins Jalin Marshall, Ezekiel Elliott, Corey Smith (previously mentioned) and Taivon Jacobs, all of whom rank as 4-star prospects.

With Wilson's commitment, Ohio State's class now stands at 24. The Buckeyes likely have room for one more commitment, and it's assumed that Meyer will save that spot for 4-star safety Vonn Bell. The Georgia safety will make his decision between Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee at 10:00 a.m. on national signing day.

You can watch Wilson's highlight film here:


* All recruit rankings per ESPN

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