Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns are in a head-to-head recruiting battle with Ohio State for one of their top targets.
Garrett Wilson, a local talent from Austin (Texas) Lake Travis, has essentially cut his list to just Texas and Ohio State. Currently on an official visit to Columbus, Ohio, for the Buckeyes spring game, Wilson will visit Texas on April 21 for the Longhorns spring game and will make his commitment shortly thereafter.
I will be taking my official visits to;
Ohio State University April 13-15
University of Texas April 20-22
I’ll announce my commitment shortly after.
— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) April 1, 2018
Bearing in mind that Wilson recently named Ohio State his leader and that three of the state’s top 5 receivers in Theo Wease, Arjei Henderson and Trejan Bridges have pledged to Oklahoma, the importance of Wilson’s official visit next weekend simply can’t be overstated.
A Columbus native who moved to Austin years ago, Wilson has said on numerous occasions that for Texas to be the pick, the Longhorns offense must leave a lasting impression during his official visit. Wilson hasn’t been shy in discussing the Longhorns’ offensive woes last season, especially in the passing game. He wants to be a part of a dynamic offense — something Ohio State already boasts, and something Texas aims to accomplish in 2018.
Last season as part of a Lake Travis offense led by 4-star Ohio State quarterback signee Matthew Baldwin, Wilson hauled in 96 receptions for 1,764 yards and 26 touchdowns, per MaxPreps.
As far as Wilson’s immediate recruitment is concerned, though, Texas doesn’t have until the fall to produce an impressive offense. The Longhorns have until the spring game on April 21.
A poor performance may well mean that the Longhorns will watch as yet another one of the top 5 receivers in Texas heads out of state. Each of Wilson’s last seven Crystal Ball picks favor Ohio State, although Longhorns insiders still have Wilson pegged to play at Texas.
247Sports detailed what makes Wilson such a prized prospect:
“Wilson is a well-rounded and versatile wide receiver. He can line up and beat a defensive back with his vertical ability, or he can line up in the slot and turn an underneath play into a big gain. Wilson is very slippery in the open field and has great hips and agility that helps him duck and dodge defenders. He gets good separation and gets check marks in the hands and concentration areas.”
Wilson is ranked as the nation’s No. 46 player, No. 6 wide receiver and the No. 7 player in Texas, per the 247Sports composite.