Texas misses on Wilson, picks up Meander

Michael Marks

Desoto running back Dontre Wilson flipped his commitment from Oregon to Ohio State in a Monday night press conference.

Wilson, who is rated as the fifth-best all purpose back in the nation by rivals.com, had initially verbally committed to the Ducks on May 25, but reopened his commitment after former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly left the school to fill the head coaching vacancy for the Philadelphia Eagles.

In addition to Ohio State and Oregon, Wilson also considered Texas. He spent this past weekend in Austin visiting with members of the UT coaching staff, meeting players and touring campus. Evidently, it wasn’t enough to secure his commitment.

“I just feel like [Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer] has something good going on. They could have gone to the National Championship this year if they were able to go to a bowl game,” Wilson said to KDFW’s Max Morgan.

Today wasn’t a total recruiting bust for the Longhorns though. Earlier in the day, Texas received a verbal commitment from Palo Duro safety/wide receiver Montrel Meander. Meander flipped his commitment from Washington State to Texas after visiting campus this weekend.

Though most schools offered Meander as a safety, Texas will give him the chance to play wide receiver next year, which seems to have played a major part in his decision.

Texas now has 15 verbal commitments for the 2013 class. The Longhorn coaching staff hopes to add at least one more before National Signing Day, which could come from Waco defensive tackle Andrew Billings. Billings will announce his decision at 3 p.m. tomorrow.