FRISCO, Texas — Ohio State commitment Garrett Wilson could’ve chosen to head to any school in the country for college.
He chose the Buckeyes, but more than that, he chose Ohio, the place he grew up and a place he has always called home despite living in Austin, Texas since the seventh grade.
“I know what the rest of the nation has to offer,” Wilson said following Day One of the Opening Finals. “I chose to go back to where I thought was right for me. That’s got to mean something to people.
“I’m getting chills now. It was awesome, thinking back on that time. When I knew I was going to come play for Ohio State and I knew where I wanted to go, it was a super exciting time for me and my family. We got to tell people that I’ve not seen in some years that I’m coming back and they can see me whenever they want. It’s a great place, and the fans are the best in the country. I’m super excited to get up there.”
Wilson is hoping that affection for Ohio State is contagious. He’s at The Opening as a top-ranked, 5-star wide receiver prospect, but he’s also here to find the country’s best players and try to bring them with him to Ohio State.
The dynamic athlete is aggressively recruiting fellow wide receivers Jameson Williams and Marcus Washington, so much so that he called himself “annoying.” But he’s clearly hoping that duo will join him in the Ohio State recruiting class.
The country’s No. 12-ranked overall recruit isn’t your typical “diva” wide receiver, though he admits his recruitment of Williams and Washington is just a different kind of selfishness.
“I want the best players playing with me, playing alongside of me,” Wilson said. “If that takes away from my catches, that doesn’t matter to me. I want the best players with me. That’s how we win national championships.
“Yeah, I’m selfish, but I’m selfish because I want the best guys with me, not for me to be the only guy. I want to be around all the 5-stars.”
What’s the recruiting pitch? Wilson is doing his best to let these young receivers know about his former high school teammate.
“A lot of the stuff speaks for itself, stuff about Ohio State,” Wilson said. “They know about Coach Meyer, [offensive coordinator Ryan] Day and [wide receivers coach Zach] Smith. They know about getting the NFL. I’m trying to talk to them about the plans for the offense and to talk to them a little bit about Matt Baldwin. A lot of guys don’t know him like I do, but the dude can spin it, he can throw it 80-yards down the field.
“I just let them know we have national-championship potential, and they should be a part of it.”
Wilson already can’t wait, especially since he’s coming home to do it.