The commitment timetable for Lake Travis wide receiver and key Texas Longhorns target Garrett Wilson is now pushed back beyond this week following an official visit to the Forty Acres for the Orange-White game on Saturday.
In several interviews, Wilson hasn’t yet provided a specific date for his decision, but he did tell Eleven Warriors that he’ll announce his pledge by the end of April, about a week later than planned.
Before watching the Longhorns air it out on Saturday, Wilson was in Columbus watching the Ohio State Buckeyes swap through quarterbacks in a freewheeling display.
“It’s pretty even now,” Wilson told the Austin American-Statesman on Monday. “Texas showed me what I was looking for. I’m not sure if it was on purpose or not, but they threw the ball for like 400 yards. I play wide receiver, so I definitely want to catch passes.”
The 6’0, 185-pounder who is now a consensus five-star prospect and top-30 player nationally has ties to both cities — he was born in a Columbus suburb and then moved to Austin in middle school before going on to star at state powerhouse Lake Travis.
On the visit to Texas, Wilson spent time with class leader Jordan Whittington and was hosted by early enrollee safety Caden Sterns, a Central Texas product who should become an excellent spokesperson with recruits. According to Eleven Warriors, both emphasized proximity and the value to staying in Austin. Interestingly enough, Sterns and Anthony Cook spent part of a Longhorn Network All-Access segment that aired on Friday having that same discussion. Fortuitous timing.
Ohio State signed Matthew Baldwin, Wilson’s quarterback last season at Lake Travis, and also boasts a group of Texas expats who are set to become the rising stars in the program. Well, running back JK Dobbins is already a rising star, but linebacker Baron Browning and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah are poised to make their own marks this fall.
“Both schools have just about the same to offer,” Wilson told Eleven Warriors.
On Tuesday morning, offensive coordinator Tim Beck and wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer stopped by Lake Travis, while their Ohio State counterparts, Ryan Day and Zach Smith, were also expected in.
Now Wilson will continue weighing his options as he closes in on a decision in the coming days.