Oregon lost the commitment of 4-star running back Dontre Wilson, who flipped to Ohio State. While this was a big loss for the Ducks—they'll be just fine when all is said and done.
Damon Sayles of ESPN.com reports on the flip:
Dontre Wilson, the No. 55 player in the ESPN 150, ended weeks of speculation Monday night when he committed to Ohio State over Oregon and Texas.
The DeSoto (Texas) running back/wide receiver hybrid -- who had more than 2,600 total yards and 46 touchdowns in 2012 -- announced on Dallas-area television Monday night that he has switched his verbal commitment from Oregon to Ohio State and will sign with the Buckeyes on Wednesday.
Adam Gorney of Rivals.com Tweeted about the flip when it happened, also adding an interesting side note about former head coach Chip Kelly:
Adam Gorney @adamgorney
Former #Oregon commit Dontre Wilson flips to #Ohio State. Said that Chip Kelly's decision to go to the NFL was "wrong".2/5/2013, 3:50:41 AM
No matter the reason, the fact of the matter is that Wilson is now committed to the Buckeyes. While Oregon will be fine, this does have to be looked at as a notable recruiting loss in the short term at least.
How does Oregon recover from losing his commitment so close to national signing day?
The good news is, all Oregon really has to do is stand pat and be content with what it still has.
The Ducks still boast the commitment of No. 1 overall running back (247Sports Composite) Thomas Tyner, and for all intents and purposes he's the most important recruit in their class. Tyner has superstar potential as a running back. He has good size and can run between the tackles at 6'0'', 207 pounds, but he also runs an extremely fast 4.30 40-yard dash according to 247Sports.
As long as Tyner is on board, the Ducks will be just fine at running back, and recovering from the loss of Wilson is much more feasible.
In regards to what Wilson would bring as a potential receiver target, the Ducks still have commitments from three very good wideout recruits in 4-star Darren Carrington, Devon Allen and Juwaan Williams.
It's hard to deny the talent that Wilson would have brought to the Ducks, but it's also hard to ignore the talent that Mark Helfrich's 2013 class still has.
Speaking of that talent, this does make keeping Tyrell and Tyree Robinson committed much more important. The twins are a huge part of this class, and losing their commitments would actually hurt the Ducks' class much more than losing Wilson's did. According to Adams Gorney of Rivals on Twitter, their status is still very much up in the air:
Adam Gorney @adamgorney
Sources say Robinson Bros. really a 50/50 shot with #Oregon and #Washington2/5/2013, 3:37:06 AM
Holding onto the Robinsons' commitments has to be even more of a priority for the Ducks now. If they can keep the rest of this class intact, it has a chance to be very good.
In recruiting, as in life, the natural reaction is to run at and try to replace your losses as soon as possible.
Sometimes though, the best way to recover and move on is to take stock and realize all that you still have.