Ohio State was able to close with arguably the best recruiting class on National Signing Day last February. Though there was elite firepower throughout the class, one player stands out among the rest—Texas native Dontre Wilson.
Wilson competed in Texas’ 5A division, the top division for high school football in the state. Facing top-notch competition, he was able to rack up over 1,800 yards on the ground while catching 37 passes for 750 yards. A player like this doesn’t come around too often, and it just so happens that Urban Meyer will now have the opportunity to incorporate Wilson into an already dangerous offense.
There’s been much talk through the offseason about a playmaker emerging—a true playmaker who can catch a five-yard pass and turn it into a 80-yard touchdown. With Wilson, you get that threat every time he touches the ball.
Sure, Jordan Hall will have an opportunity early in the year to prove he’s the man, and hopefully he’ll shine during his last season as a Buckeye—but even if that’s the case, a talent like Wilson cannot be left off the football field.
Look at the last time Urban Meyer had a player that fits this bill. It was a guy named Percy Harvin who was able to have a decent career, torching any defender he faced. Yes, Wilson and Harvin are two different people, but it’s hard to not make a comparison when looking at high school film and the fact that they were both almost identical in size at this point in their careers.
Ohio State’s offense had its ups and downs in 2012, and I’m still not convinced we were able to see the whole package. Maybe the coaching staff felt as if they didn’t have the right guys, yet, to run certain things—maybe not. Maybe 2012 was about getting continuity throughout the program and laying a foundation—again, maybe not.
Whatever the case was, with the amount of talent Urban Meyer has brought in, we should start to see the full repertoire starting this season. Guys like Dontre Wilson just make it easier.
Early on, there should be a learning curve for Wilson as he gets used to the speed of the college game. Until he’s ready to get the training wheels off, look for Wilson to be an instant factor on special teams. There’s no doubt the kid knows how to find the end zone, scoring 48 touchdowns as a senior. Again, a talent like Wilson doesn’t come around too often and starting in fall camp, he will develop into a star in this Ohio State program.