Texas target Dontre Wilson has versatility to star on Friday nights as a running back and as a receiver during the summer in 7-on-7 (photo by the author).
Holding steady at 13 commits in the 2013 class, the Texas Longhorns have only two outstanding offers out to offensive prospects -- to Dallas Skyline wide receiver Ra'Shaad Samples, who is currently recovering from the injury he suffered at the Dallas NFTC, and DeSoto all-purpose back Dontre Wilson. According to multiple reports, Wilson has decided to make a decision on May 25th at the Eagle spring game.
At last check, Wilson had dropped previous favorite Texas below Oregon and Oklahoma State following a spring break trip to Eugene that saw the speedy prospect kick it with former Duck star LaMichael James, another Texas product who made his way out to the Pacific Northwest from the Lone Star State.
The good news for the Longhorns is that the Cowboys are now out of the picture, as Don Wilson, Dontre's father, told Hookem.com that the two schools his son is still considering are Texas and Oregon ($).
It's not clear why exactly Oklahoma State is no longer in contention, butand company do have the benefit of making the last impression on Wilson before his commitment, as the 5-10, 170-pounder made his way down to Austin for the Texas Orange-White game in early April, has not made any visits since, and does not plan to make any before announcing his commitment.
The problem for Texas? The sense from Wilson is that he considers himself to be a potential every-down back in college and Oregon is more likely to give him that opportunity than Texas, as position coach Major Applewhite oversees a depth chart that projects to be bursting at the seams with talent in 2013 and beyond due to strong recruiting efforts there in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 classes.
Beyond the depth chart and a more ideal offensive fit at Oregon, proximity is the one factor that could play heavily in favor of the 'Horns in Wilson's recruitment. There have been rumblings that one or both of his parents would prefer for him to stay in the state to play his college ball and that could well be the factor that eliminated Oklahoma State. However, since Wilson hasn't said much publicly in the last several months, it's difficult to get a true read of where he stands on that issue.
And while James stands as a shining example to the benefits of a Texas running back playing in Chip Kelly's offense, there's also the sobering truth that the other Lone Star prospects to attend Oregons since James have been abject failures in Eugene -- the artist formerly known in the these parts only as the Temple running back, Lache Seastrunk, left Oregon after only a year, as did Houston product , and, like James, another former Texarkana star in Tra Carson.
Again, will those failures play any role with Wilson? The odds are that they won't, but it's still worth mentioning because depth chart realities at Oregon may not give the Ducks the advantage provided by viewing the Texas situation there in a vacuum as it pertains to the DeSoto star.
The harsh truth for Texas still remains that running back depth is ridiculous, as the signing of Daje Johnson in the 2012 class also reduces the need for Wilson, while simultaneously reducing the odds that he commits. And while Johnson wasn't as highly considered by the services as Wilson is currently, there's not much difference in their skillsets -- Wilson is a luxury take because of his exceptional talent, not the need take he would have been had Texas either not offered Johnson or failed to swing his pledge from TCU.
Whatever happens with Wilson, the most apt term to describe the Texas running back situation moving forward will still be an embarrassment of riches, a fact that helps Mack Brown sleep at night.
DeSoto's Dontre Wilson returning punts (via GhostofBigRoy84)