Former Oregon commit Dontre Wilson flips to Ohio State
Famous for his ability to flip recruits right up until National Signing Day, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer landed a commit he had been trying to sway for months just two days before college football's biggest offseason event.
Desoto (Texas) running back Dontre Wilson committed to Oregon in May and initially maintained his commitment even after Chip Kelly left to coach the Philadelphia Eagles. That was until Meyer got to him.
Wilson announced Monday on local television that he will sign with Ohio State, the third surprise announcement of an eventful Monday night. Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster, a former Auburn commit, announced his intentions to attend Alabama and running back Alex Collins (South Plantation, Fla.) shocked the audience by committing to Arkansas.
Wilson indicated that Kelly's departure was the primary reason he decommitted from the Ducks, even though he waited until Monday to officially announce his college destination.
Wilson is the second major running back commitment for the Buckeyes in this recruiting class as he joins St. Louis product Ezekiel Elliott. Wilson is the 24th commitment for Meyer and should polish off a top-flight class for the lauded recruiter and coach.
Losing Wilson is certainly a blow for Oregon, but they still have five-star local Thomas Tyner (Beaverton, Ore.) The new primary goal for coach Mark Helfrich and his staff is to retain twin San Diego athletes Tyree and Tyrell Robinson, who admitted they started to look elsewhere once Kelly left.