The whole nation saw Chip Kelly take the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job on Wednesday, according to the New York Times. With that hire, it may send ripple effects down the Oregon recruiting trail.
One of Oregon’s top commits, all-purpose back Dontre Wilson, may be considering other options at this point. Matt Wixon, a SportsDayHS columnist, reported that Wilson said, “It would be back to square one” if Coach Chip Kelly did not return to Oregon. Well, with the position that Oregon is in right now, it looks like that could be true.
The biggest threat to the Ducks to land Wilson is the Ohio State Buckeyes. With an offense where Wilson could flourish, Urban Meyer will sell Dontre Wilson to be the next Percy Harvin.
According to SBnation.com, Wilson will in fact take an official visit to Ohio State.
Now, if Oregon were to promote a current staff member to head coach, it would keep the Ducks’ fast-paced tempo offense intact. A situation like that would appeal to Wilson but still wouldn’t solidify anything until National Signing Day.
The fact is, that with three weeks until players can sign, Urban Meyer is recruiting against a program with no current head coach. I wonder how he currently feels about his chances.
Wilson is a 4-star prospect on Scout.com and was also an Under Armour All American. The Buckeyes already have current commits from Texas in quarterback JT Barrett and Mike Mitchell. Dontre Wilson could be the next. An official visit date isn’t quite set yet, but once he steps foot on campus in Columbus, it’ll be a whole different ballgame.