Newly Offered: Chris Godwin
- @alex11w Hearing Ed Warinner liked what he saw watching Kyle Trout play hoops yest. Waiting to hear if anything develops-stay tuned #OSU #recruiting
- West Virginia offers Dareian Watkins & Shai McKenzie
- Ohio State & Stanford offers Chris Godwin
- Jaquan Lyle & Jalen Lindsey unofficially visits Louisville
- Dan Skipper officially visits Ohio State
- Joel Berry officially visits North Carolina
- Sam Mustipher & Andrew Williams unofficially visits Notre Dame
- Notre Dame offers Sam Mustipher
- Deshaun Watson & Nick Chubb unofficially visits Georgia
- Georgia offers Deshaun Watson
- Florida State offers Dan Skipper
DeSOTO -- DeSoto High Head Football Coach Claude Mathis has spent way too much time on the phone the last couple days, and a big reason for that is the actions of another coach.
Chip Kelly left the University of Oregon for the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
That made DeSoto running back Dontre Wilson back off from his commitment to Oregon. He still might go there, but he's added two more schools to the mix.
The star running back said his choices are now Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Oregon.
In fact,Wilson took a break from meeting with an Ohio State coach to talk with WFAA Sports. And even though he has narrowed his choices to those three schools, that won't stop the phone calls.
"It won't stop. It won't stop, because you never know. You just never know," Mathis said. "And I would do the same thing. I would do the exact same thing if I were coaching in college -- you fight to the end. And a player like Dontre, he's worth fighting to the end."
It's been a crazy week for Dontre. On Tuesday, he met with Chip Kelly, who came to DeSoto to visit his star recruit. Then on Wednesday, Kelly took the Philadelphia job.
"It was a very hard commitment [to Oregon,] because I always seen myself playing in their offense," Wilson said. "Chip Kelly, he was just here the day before -- he was just here with me. We were talking and stuff, he was talking to me like he was going to stay and everything."
Dontre was caught off guard, but regrouped, and now he has plans to visit Ohio State next weekend, and Oklahoma State the following weekend.
"It just feels like the beginning of my recruiting process all over," Wilson said.
But the end is near. National signing day is February 6.
Urban Meyer's aggressive recruiting tactics didn't sit well with all Big Ten Conference coaches last season.
It's become clear that Meyer isn't backing off the practice of pursuing players who have verbally committed elsewhere.
That now includes Oregon, where assistant coaches are scrambling to cling to commitments after coach Chip Kelly's sudden departure to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Two of the standouts of the class -- twin athletes Tyree and Tyrell Robinson -- have already been contacted by a number of schools, including Ohio State, Tyree Robinson said on his Twitter page.
Dang coaches are blowing me up Ohio state just offerd me and my twin— Tyree Robinson (@HumbleDuck_2) January 16, 2013
Another, four-star running back Dontre Wilson, has an OSU visit scheduled for later this month.
The Buckeyes already have a consensus top-five recruiting class, with six top-100 players, three five-star talents and the third-best average star rating (3.91) in the country, according to Scout.com. Meyer's class features 14 defensive players to seven on offense, so a late push to acquire some skill position players could be the strategy here.
The Robinson twins are still committed to Oregon, but also looking at USC and Notre Dame. Wilson is a more likely flip, but the strategy is the same for Meyer and the Buckeyes.
There's no gearing down as signing day nears; Meyer is sprinting to the finish line and looking for talent wherever he can find it.
Even if it's on your favorite school's commitment list.
Ducks WR commit receiving interest (espn insider)
Chip Kelly's rule of recruits not being able to visit other programs after committing to the Ducks was an issue for certain recruits and their families. That was always the case for Ducks commit Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego/Horizon), who has expressed interest in taking official visits to other programs in recent months.
With Kelly out of the picture, the four-star wide receiver is doing just that by visiting Arizona, and other programs have also been in touch.
Skipper visit update (hog whole sports)
Tennessee commitment and offensive lineman Dan Skipper, 6-10, 295, 4.97 of Arvada, (Colo.) Ralston Valley said his experience at the Catfish Hole on Friday night was nuts, craziest thing he's ever seen. He said one of the highlights was getting to know the offensive linemen and was hosted by center Travis Swanson.
He said Arkansas' facilities were nice like all schools but the new football complex being built showed how much they invested into the program.
He said the academic staff and support personal were different from other schools and it was evident they had a true passion in helping athletes.
Skipper and his parents were taken back by how friendly the people of the University and Fayetteville were. His mother also commented on the Catfish Hole experience saying it was an amazing experience and has never seen anything like that.
She said she was pleasantly surprised by the academics and the support system for the student-athletes. She said she would be comfortable with Dan attending Arkansas.
Just the opinion of this reporter, his relationship with offensive line coach Sam Pittman is a big key in Arkansas' chances to land Skipper
Skipper and his parents are now heading to Ohio State and then Ole Miss.
No firm timeline for a decision according to Skipper.