Why Freshman RB Dontre Wilson Will Take the Big Ten by Storm in 2013

Tim BielikSenior Analyst IAugust 21, 2013

Photo Courtesy of 247Sports.com.
Photo Courtesy of 247Sports.com.

Urban Meyer got an unexpected pre-National Signing Day present when he landed big-time playmaker Dontre Wilson out of Desoto, Tex., who had long been committed to Oregon before Chip Kelly went to the Philadelphia Eagles.

As soon as Wilson's highlight film from his senior season dropped, Buckeye fans had every reason to get excited. But OSU fans should have learned all they needed to know about this young freshman when Meyer gave him the No. 1 jerseysomething he didn't do with Percy Harvin at Florida until his sophomore season.

Meyer liked something about Wilson, and it didn't take long for Wilson's future teammates to find out either.

Wilson has been one of the stars of Ohio State's fall camp and has shown game-changing speed that just wasn't on the team a year ago.

Last season, even though OSU had the country's No. 10 rushing offense, the Buckeyes only had one home run hitter on offense in Braxton Miller.

That dimension was clearly lacking from the Buckeye offense because other than Miller, defenses had very little to really worry about.

If Wilson can do the things he does in practice when it's game time, then all bets are off: He is equally dangerous in the running game and the passing game. And as Meyer showed at Florida, he knows just how to get the football out to his impact players.

The Buckeyes haven't had this kind of consistent big-play threat on offense since Ted Ginn Jr. became more than just a special teams weapon.

Wilson has that kind of speed and field vision which will make him a nightmare for Big Ten defensive coordinators this year.

A majority of the teams in the Big Ten run the spread and thus practice against it every day. But few if any can simulate what Wilson can do in the open field.

It's not just his pure speed that makes him deadly. His vision makes that speed even better.

He played his high school football at Texas 5A, which is among the strongest ranks in high school football. More impressively, he was able to make big plays routinely against those talented players. That skill should translate to the next level, which is bad news for the rest of the Big Ten.

Worse yet for the Big Ten is that Dontre Wilson is only a freshman. They will have to worry about him for at least two more years after this one.


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