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Rivals250 RB talks Oregon pledge

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DeSoto (Texas) all-purpose running back Dontre Wilson seemed destined to stay in-state to play for the University of Texas before a March visit to the University of Oregon.
During his spring game on Friday evening, the Rivals250 prospect made his commitment announcement at his spring game and the impression the Ducks made was strong enough for him to choose Oregon over both Texas and Ohio State.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster sees himself following in a recent line of Texas backs such as LaMichael James headed to Eugene.
"It just fits me perfectly," Wilson said of Oregon. "I feel like I have the same talents as all their running backs now. I have the speed and the quickness to play a part in their offense. Coach (Gary) Campbell told me I would be playing mostly running back and return - kickoff return. And if I was needed, at receiver."
"I am very excited. Now I can focus on spending my last moments with my good friends and my family before I go off to college."
Wilson was able to spend time with both James and De'Anthony Thomas during his trip.
"When I took my visit down there, those were the guys I was with most of the time," he said. "They kind of showed me around Oregon and told me how it is to be an Oregon Duck."
Though most expected Wilson to announce for Oregon he says he gave his other two finalists strong consideration.
"I really considered both of them real hard," he said of Ohio State and Texas. "I thought about it last night and talked to my dad and (DeSoto coach Claude) Mathis and that's the decision I came up with. It's the best fit for me in my opinion."
In the end, Wilson says it was the depth in the backfield that worried him about the Longhorns.
"I just didn't want to put myself in that predicament and go there and not get any playing time," he said of Texas.
Despite making his pledge to Oregon, Wilson may still make an unofficial visit to Ohio State in the coming months.
"I hope to go visit them this summer but nothing is promise," he said. "But before I make anything official I was going to try and take that visit. But if not, (Oregon) is where I am going to be."
Wilson is also not ruling out the prospect of using his official visits in the fall.
"I think so," he said about taking official visits. "I just don't know right now."
Wilson is currently ranked as the No. 2 all-purpose back and the No. 186 overall prospect in the country.
Matt Reagan contributed to this report.
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