The Oregon football team's offense is all about speed, so Dontre Wilson seemed like a perfect fit for the Ducks.
And vice versa, as it turns out.
Wilson, a 5-foot-10, 176-pound senior-to-be at DeSoto High just south of Dallas, verbally committed to Oregon on Friday.
The speedy Wilson announced his decision at halftime of DeSoto's spring game on Friday night, then spent the second half wearing a green Oregon hat on the sidelines. He picked the Ducks over Texas, Ohio State and a handful of other top programs. He reportedly had offers from 21 teams, including LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
ESPN had Wilson listed at No 53 on its top 150 list for the Class of 2013.
Wilson, who will be a senior at DeSoto for the 2012 season and then join the Ducks for 2013, said he views Oregon as his best path to the NFL, noting that coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo, spread-option offense would allow him to showcase his skills.
"It's a business decision," Wilson told The Dallas Morning News. "I just think that's the perfect offense for me."
So Kelly lands another track-and-field-type burner in Wilson, who reminds many of De'Anthony Thomas, the Ducks' current speedster. Like Thomas, Wilson will most likely get the opportunity to earn playing time at running back, receiver and returner for the Ducks.
And he'll be coming to Oregon at a good time, with Kenjon Barner set to take over as starting running back for the 2012 season, when he'll be a senior. After that, assuming Wilson earns playing time as a true freshman, he and Thomas -- who would be a junior then -- could pair up and give opposing defensive coordinators fits looking for ways to slow two of the faster players in all of college football.
If recent history is any indicator, Wilson will have ample opportunity to contribute right away. Thomas made an immediate and lasting impact as a true freshman this past season, despite the Ducks being pretty well set at running back with LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner toting the rock.
Kelly played Thomas out of the slot, and he finished the season as the team's second-leading receiver. He also made a mark as a kick returner, earning All-Pac-12 first-team honors.
Certainly, none of that went unnoticed by Wilson, who scored 20 touchdowns last season and has all the tools Kelly looks for in an all-purpose back.
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Adam Sparks has been following Oregon Ducks football since 1990, and has written about the team as a freelancer since 2009.
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