College Football

Odds Texas or Ohio State Sways Oregon RB Commit Dontre Wilson

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports
Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 31, 2013

The odds are high that 4-star Oregon running back commitment Dontre Wilson flips to either Texas or Ohio State.

Of the two programs, Ohio State seems to have the best chance of convincing the talented running back to flip.

Wilson has been committed to Oregon since May of 2012, but a lot has changed since then. Now that former head coach Chip Kelly has taken a job in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, the window of opportunity has opened for other programs to poach Oregon commitments.

One of those programs is Ohio State, and it was reported that Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes made a strong push for Wilson. Ohio State was able to land an official visit with the 4-star back, and they look to be in prime position to get a flip.

That said, an in-state school is also making a strong final run at the recruit from DeSoto, Texas.

The Texas Longhorns have secured the last official visit for Wilson, and he plans on making his final decision soon thereafter, according to William Wilkerson and Damon Sayles of ESPN Horns Nation:

Not only will Wilson visit Texas, but he will decide among Oregon, Ohio State and Texas on Sunday following his stay in Austin, according to Don Wilson. 

"He said he wants to announce on Sunday," Don Wilson said. "You're dealing with an 18-year-old here, but that's what he told me [Tuesday] morning. I don't know if he's going to announce it publicly, but he said he'll have his mind made up." 

Texas will put themselves in a good position to get a flip, but they do have one glaring downside. Texas' depth chart is very deep at running back, so playing time would be hard to come by for Wilson, at least early on.

He'd be behind Johnathan Gray, Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron and Daje Johnson on the depth chart at Texas.

At Ohio State, he would have a better chance to see the field early on. Once Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall move on, Wilson could find himself in a competition for the starting job. That possibility becomes even more realistic if 4-star running back and OSU commitment Ezekiel Elliott flips his commitment to Missouri, which seems possible

Of course, there's always the distinct possibility that Mark Helfrich and the Ducks are able to keep Wilson committed, where he'll eventually be a great backup to 5-star running back Thomas Tyner—but it seems more and more like he's considering other options.

We'll end up finding out when he announces on Sunday, but for now, the odds seem to favor him flipping away from Oregon.

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