The Dontre Wilson Impact

cinserious's picture
May 19, 2013 at 3:55a
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'The Chase' leading up to National Signing Day 2013 was a very exciting one for Buckeye Nation. Urban Meyer's first full recruiting class, a full compliment of schollies, an undefeated season, and many of the country's top recruits on OSU's board. Many recruitniks coming down the stretch were pre-occupied with Vonn Bell's decision between OSU, Tenn, Georgia, Alabama; Tre Johnson flirting with Auburn;  EZE's courtship with Mizzou, and wondering about Mike Mitchell and a few WR's.

My main interest came in the form of Dontre Wilson. Ever since I found out about the mutual interest (after Chip Kelley started looking into the NFL) I became excited. Wilson, an Oregon commit, came on late and fast, due to the Ducks facing violations and Kelly possibly bolting.

The reason Wilson became so exciting to me is the fact this athelete/RB is of the same mold Oregon has been recruiting with much success over the last 10 years. When he showed interest, the first thing that came to my mind was getting a super-fast Oregon-type athelete out of Tom Herman's territory in Texas who can join our already potent backfield and combine with Braxton to wreak havok on opposing defenses.

Unlike at Oregon, Wilson won't have to worry about his defense getting scored on a majority of drives as Ohio State prides itself on its defense! Imagine a high octane Oregon type offense paired with an SEC-caliber defensive line, LBrs, secondary, all infused with some Buckeye attitude!

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Conroy's picture

"Imagine a high octane Oregon type offense paired with an SEC-caliber defensive line, LBrs, secondary, all infused with some Buckeye attitude!"
 
This is exactly what I had in mind when Meyer came on board one and a half years ago.  Hopefully Wilson or one of the other many explosive freshman can add another play a threat to go the distance on every play to the offense (Braxton) because that's about the only thing missing from what could be the best offensive attack the Buckeyes have had in a long time.

BuckeyeChris's picture

"Imagine a high octane Oregon type offense paired with an SEC-caliber defensive line, LBrs, secondary, all infused with some Buckeye attitude!"
 
Yep. This. Exactly. Also agree that it is so wonderful to have Urban Meyer here in Columbus. 
As grateful as I am to JT for his overall record of accomplishment (namely the many wins over UM), who didn't get frustrated with just having to accept year-in-and-year-out that the offense (specifically Bollman's o-line) would be the weak link on an otherwise loaded team. 
With Meyer we will see a complete team, and most Buckeye fans won't even be able to name the punter. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Unlike at Oregon, Wilson won't have to worry about his defense getting scored on a majority of drives 

To be fair, with the exception of the USC game(in which there were several bad calls that kept USC drives going), Oregon had a pretty good defense last year. They held KSU to a season low 17pts.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

rdubs's picture

Oregon's defense has improved a ton over the last couple of years.  Because their offense is so potent they get overlooked, but they are a lot better than people give them credit for and overall was a lot better than ours last year.

cinserious's picture

Oregon's D had some shining moments last yr but we'll see if its sustainable. Although Buckeye defense took its licks early on, it got back to respectability and last year was an anomaly. Oregon most certainly will never stack up to OSU's defensive prowess!
All that aside, now look at all the talent Meyer is starting to stockpile on the defensive side of the ball. We can afford to loose a Se'Vonn Pittman @ D-END and not even flinch? How many programs can say that?

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

RBuck's picture

Thank you for not using a 'Percy Harvin" comparrison.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Hovenaut's picture

Guys like Wilson, Clark and Campbell add real octane to the offense, not seen since the likes of Teddy Ginn.

What's great about having guys like this (re: fast) in the spread is there will be greater opportunites for unleashing that explosiveness in space, akin to what Kelly did at Oregon.

It's a very new meaning for three yards and a cloud of dust come fall. I like to think of it as trading in that four wheel drive I've had for years for a shiny new sports car.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

buckguyfan1's picture

I can actually imagine a National Championship! The type of kids like Dontre and so many others we are recruiting are expecting to win at least 1...  That can be a large part of the battle.  Expectations play a giant role for any organization hell bent on Winning.  Go Bucks!

cinserious's picture

Opponents better get used to '3 yards and a puff of smoke'

"Get him a body bag, Yeah!"

Maestro's picture

I mostly hope he sticks around for a few years.

vacuuming sucks

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

1890-2011: Three yards and a cloud of dust. 2012-Future: Eighty yards and TD after TD after TD...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

OSUs12-OH's picture

Speed kills and OSU has MUCH more than it used to have;-)

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Goose's picture

I hate to be the voice of reason, but we are not an SEC caliber defense and will not be this year.  We're definitely headed in the right direction, but we aren't comparable at this point.  Maybe next year, but I'm thinking more like 2015 before we get to that level.
As far as the offense goes, we should be comparable to any unit in the country this year.  The only area of concern for me is the lack of depth in the O-line.  We were fortunate not to have much in the way of injuries on that unit last year.  If we have a couple injuries, it might slow the O down significantly.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

When you state that Ohio State will not be an "SEC caliber defense," do you mean that Ohio State's defense will not be as good as the top 2-3 defenses in the SEC?
Because unless you're bearish on the 2013 Ohio State defense, they are very likely to be better than 8-10 of the defenses in the SEC this coming year - hence, they already will be "an SEC caliber defense." Last year, according to FEI ratings, Ohio State's defense was better than all but four SEC defenses (FLA, Bama, South Carolina, LSU), and roughly on par with UGA and Tex AM (after that, it was a big drop before getting to mediocre "SEC defenses" like Ole Miss, Miss St, Ark, etc.). 
Will the 2013 Silver Bullets end up being as good as the SEC defense that subsequently wins the 2013 SEC championship? On that point, you clearly have your doubts, and so do I. But if the Buckeyes' offense is as good as we hope it will be, they might need a Bama 2012 defense to win it all.
After all, by your implied definition of what constitutes an "SEC caliber defense," Auburn 2010 didn't have one.

Goose's picture

Good point!  I should have specificied a "top" SEC defense.

Savage45's picture

Or just a "national championship caliber" defense.

VickVega24's picture

You cannot compare last year to this year.....we have 4 returning starters and a questionable linebacking corps....except Ryan Damn Shazier.  If Curtis Grant or the incoming freshman perform, then yes SEC caliber, but there are going to be mistakes.  I would say 2014 would be a safer guess as to when we will be SEC caliber.  

Sometimes you just got say WTF!

OSUs12-OH's picture

@ the above comments on defense on a thread about D.Wilson:
This years Defense will obviously be young.  However, in the past, young defenses have thrived under the tutelage of Urban and his schemes (the 2007 NC game should ring a bell or two for Troy Smith and the offensive line during that game).  I'm not going to predict anything but I'll say this.  The 2013 defense will be ranked higher than 2012 at the end of the year.  If you don't at least believe in that then just wait and see.  

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

tdible2132's picture

ESPN did a list of 5 incoming freshman that will make the biggest impact this upcoming year.  Dontre Wilson was one of the five.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Is it just for insiders?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

actionstanleyjackson's picture

FWIW Wilson tweeted yesterday that he will wear #1 at OSU

Stay golden, Ponyboy.