All of the preseason hype surrounding Ducks recruiting has been focused on Thomas Tyner, the 5-star Beaverton, Oregon native with some outrageous statlines. While the excitement for Tyner’s arrival on campus is justified, all of the attention that has been placed on Tyner has diverted some eyes from Oregon’s other addition at running back for the 2013 season: Dontre Wilson.
Dontre Wilson, a product of the high octane high school football powerhouses of Texas, was heavily recruited coming out of high school receiving 21 offers from many big time schools. Wilson was expected to commit to a team from his native Texas, but Wilson decided to choose Oregon because of the similarities between the offenses of Oregon and his Desoto Eagles, and because he believed playing in the Ducks system would provide him with the best chance of making the NFL.
Wilson has been the centerpiece of the #1 ranked Desoto Eagles offense, rushing for 1867 yards and 36 touchdowns, along with 852 yards and 8 touchdowns receiving. The 5’10” 176 pound speedster is cut from the track and field mold much like Deanthony Thomas, with great speed and field vision. Wilson actually won a state championship in track in high school, and is looking to close the season out with a football state championship.
Wilson has also made a huge impact in the return game, returning a punt 94 yards for a score in the first game of the season. Wilson is listed as an athlete right now, but will most likely see touches at running back and receiver. With Kelly’s up-tempo offense relying on many different running backs, look for Wilson to play a similar role to Deanthony Thomas, making an impact in the passing game as well as at running back and back returning kicks. Thinking about the combination of running back at Oregon in 2013 has got to make your mouth water a little bit.