COLUMBUS, Ohio — The breakdown of track times offered a hint.
The glowing reviews of Dontre Wilson’s ability to use that speed in more than just a straight line brought the conversation a little closer.
Even when Ohio State coaches brought up the dual-purpose statistics the dynamic playmaker piled up as a receiver and a rusher, they weren’t all the way there yet.
But finally Urban Meyer slipped in the name that truly confirmed the role he sees the prized recruit playing in his spread offense, casually dropping in a reference to the guy who made it famous and making it obvious why Wilson was worth so much effort after initially committing to Oregon.
“That’s a very unusual athlete,” Meyer said. “He can go inside or outside. I see him being a potential dual-threat, hybrid.
“That term became kind of famous back when Percy [Harvin]started and there was the ‘Percy’ [position] name and all that.”
The search for a replacement has been on ever since the athlete at the top of the list of most impressive runners Meyer has coached headed to the NFL, and in his first season with the Buckeyes, that Pivot position was effectively left vacant.
Ohio State didn’t exactly have trouble putting up points and wound up leading the Big Ten in scoring on the way to its perfect record, but the coaching staff certainly felt there was a piece missing that could help push the attack over the top. Wilson might not be truly ready for comparisons to Harvin yet, but the former apparently reminded Meyer enough of the latter to dispatch the troops down to Texas and turn him into one of the marquee showpieces on Wednesday’s national signing day for the No. 3 class in the country.
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