From the Horseshoe to DKR, Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson will watch the Ohio State Buckeyes and then the Texas Longhorns play their annual scrimmages in April before making his decision:
I will be taking my official visits to;— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) April 1, 2018
Ohio State University April 13-15
University of Texas April 20-22
I’ll announce my commitment shortly after.
The 6’0, 185-pounder was in Austin for Saturday’s scrimmage shortly after taking a visit to his native Columbus last week. Now official visits in the coming weeks will contrast the programs and inform Wilson’s decision, likely by the end of April.
And it will have an impact on the rest of the 2019 recruiting class, too. Have a look at these tweets between Wilson and Noah Cain, the former Denton Guyer running back now at IMG Academy who is also high on the Buckeyes:
You’re going to follow suit brodie https://t.co/qM2JY6CRMd— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) April 1, 2018
Aiding Urban Meyer are a handful of Texas products now in Columbus — running back JK Dobbins, linebacker Baron Browning, and safety Jeffrey Okudah. That’s a big-time lingering effect of the Texodus in the 2017 recruiting class that the ‘Horns now have to counteract.
On the Texas side, the presence of promising dual-threat quarterback Roschon Johnson helps the Longhorns since the Buckeyes don’t currently have a commitment at the position. Johnson and Wilson have already thrown together on their own, along with another standout wide receiver from Austin, Bowie’s Elijah Higgins.
So in addition to impacting Cain’s decision, Texas landing Wilson would help with Higgins and potentially Dylan Wright — landing those players would basically represent the ideal finish at both positions. If Wilson picks Ohio State, it could result in Herman and company losing out on Cain, while also helping to push Wright to Columbus, where he’s visiting this weekend, and providing some incentive for Higgins to look more seriously at Stanford.
All of a sudden, the Orange-White game and the immediate aftermath won’t just impact whether Texas lands a player who is arguably the most important wide receiver target remaining, but also send shockwaves through the rest of the recruiting class at running back and wide receiver.
Wilson is the nation’s No. 46 player, No. 6 wide receiver, and No. 7 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.