LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Dontre Wilson made up his mind that he wanted to go to Oregon in May and the Texas running back still wants to be a Duck, but he wants to be sure of Chip Kelly’s future before he solidifies his own.
“I’m solid,” the 5-foot-10, 174-pounder from DeSoto High School (DeSoto, Texas) said following day two of Under Armour All-America practice on Tuesday.
“If Chip Kelly goes to the league, I might open up my recruitment, but nothing has been said as far as right now.”
Wilson has two schools in mind if he were to open things back up.
“Notre Dame and Ohio State basically,” he said.
The Irish were in contact last month, but that’s dropped off a bit recently.
“I haven’t talked to Notre Dame in a while,” he said. “The last time I talked to them was probably last month. They were saying if I decided to open up my recruitment again, they’d still have a spot for me.”
Wilson would still give Notre Dame a look if he did look around and the Irish were interested.
“There’s a lot of tradition, great running backs come through their program and they’re always among the top schools and they made it to their first national championship,” Wilson said.
The situation for Notre Dame with Wilson is similar as to the Ty Isaac situation. If the Irish end up landing Tarean Folston, as is expected on Friday, to go with running back commit Greg Bryant, it's unlikely they'd have the space to recruit another back in this class.
There’s one thing that sticks out about the Buckeyes.
“Coach Urban Meyer,” Wilson said flatly. “He said if I were to come, I would play the role that Percy Harvin played at Florida. I could see myself doing that.”
Wilson does find it amazing that even after making an early commitment, his recruitment is still playing out in the final month of the cycle.
“It’s crazy that I’m just now finding out that Coach Chip Kelly is about to leave,” he said. “It’s kind of hurting the team a little, but you just have to live with it. It’s life.”
Even if Kelly were to leave, Wilson could still end up with the Ducks.
“I’ll still look at Oregon,” he said. “If (running back coach Gary) Campbell stays, I’m going to stay committed.”
Wilson hasn’t participated in any Under Armour practices this week, but plans on playing Friday.
“I had a high ankle sprain in my playoffs, so I’m just going to sit out until the game.”