Craig Loper, EDN Sports Features
What does a team do when a player decides to transfer unexpectedly?
Recruit a player that will be able to replace him, of course.
And that’s exactly what the Ducks did when running back Dontre Wilson visited Oregon its pro day.
After former duck Tra Carson decided to leave the team this off-season, Oregon is looking for a future star in the backfield that may have to to step on the field quickly.
A 4-star prospect, according to rivals.com, Wilson comes from DeSoto, TX. Considered an all-purpose back, Wilson is listed at 5’10” 176 pounds with 4.4 speed. With offers from schools like Oklahoma, LSU, Ohio State and Texas, there’s no shortage of teams looking to land Wilson.
Although Texas had been atop Wilson’s list for the majority of the recruiting process, the visit to Oregon reportedly changed his mind. Wilson talked about the visit.
“The trip was everything I expected it to be,” said Wilson, “Me and my dad had a great time.”
Luckily for the Ducks, Wilson already has an Oregon connection. Family friends with Oregon’s all-time leading rusher LaMichael James, Wilson made sure to say hello and discuss adjusting to the life of a division one student-athlete.
“I spent some time talking to (him) about that, (being away from home), and how he managed to get through it,” Wilson said.
If the Ducks were to eventually land Wilson, look for head coach Chip Kelly to use him as another dynamic playmaker in open space for his spread offense.
As a junior at DeSoto high school, Wilson rushed for 767 yards and 15 touchdowns while also catching 12 passes for 246 yards and five touchdowns.