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Lake Travis star wide receiver Garrett Wilson picks Ohio State over Texas

Posted April 29th, 2018

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The top prospect to play prep football in the Austin-area since quarterback Garrett Gilbert graduated in 2009 chose to leave the state Sunday night when five-star Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson picked Ohio State over the Longhorns.

Wilson is the No. 7 player on the initial 2019 Fabulous 55 and recently gained five-star status by 247Sports Composite when he became the No. 29-ranked player in the country and the No. 5-ranked wide receiver in his class. Gilbert finished the 2009 class ranked as the No. 1 prospect on the Fabulous 55.

Wilson, a 6-foot, 185-pound prospect, held 33 offers and took official visits to Ohio State and Texas in successive weekends before pledging to the Buckeyes. It wasn’t an easy decision for Wilson, but it’s one that he’s glad is now in the past. Wilson is a native of Columbus and a current Austin-native. He felt both places could be called home.

“I’m ready to go back to being a normal high school kid and preparing to win a state championship with my team,” Wilson said. “I couldn’t make a bad decision because both programs are great. It was hard, but I’m confident I made the right choice.”

Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson was the top wide receiver remaining on Texas’ recruiting board. (John Gutierrez/For American-Statesman)

Wilson admitted the eight months separating his April 29th commitment from the early signing period means he’ll remain in contact with the Longhorns, especially with the proximity to Texas and the fact that the Longhorns are now recruiting Wilson’s quarterback Hudson Card in the 2020 class.

“There’s a chance I’m shown something between now and signing day. I know recruiting doesn’t completely stop just because I commit,” he said. “The relationships I’ve built at Ohio State plus the chance to compete for national championships was why I chose Ohio State.”

Wilson is the seventh prospect ranked in the top 10 of the 2019 Fab 55 to commit. Jordan Whittington, the No. 1 player on the list, remains Texas’ only commitment in the top 10. Wilson became the first player on the list to commit to Ohio State. The Buckeyes signed former Fabulous 55 member, Matthew Baldwin, in the 2018 class and a trio of in-state members during the 2017 class.

Texas’ class remains at four commitments heading into May. That number is expected to grow in May when targets like Kenyatta Watson II, NaNa Osafo-Mensah, Tyler Johnson, Marcus Banks and others being to pick programs before the start of the senior season.

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1.Jordan WhittingtonWRCuero (4A)Texas
2.Arjei HendersonWRFort Bend Travis (6A)Oklahoma
3.DeMarvin LealDLConverse Judson (6A)Texas A&M
4.Brian WilliamsSBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Texas A&M
5.Kenyon GreenOTHumble Atascocita (6A)Uncommitted
6.Theo Wease Jr.WRAllen (6A)Oklahoma
7.Garrett WilsonWRLake Travis (6A)Ohio State
8.NaNa Osafo-Mensah DEFort Worth Nolan Catholic (TAPPS)Notre Dame
9.Grant GunnellQBSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Uncommitted
10.Austin Stogner TEPrestonwood Catholic (TAPPS)Oklahoma
11.Jalen CurryWRSt. Pius X (TAPPS)Uncommitted
12.Marcus BanksCBDekaney (6A)Uncommitted
13.Marcus Stripling DEMayde Creek (6A)Uncommitted
14.Marquez BeasonATHBishop Dunne (TAPPS)Illinois
15.Tyler JohnsonOTConroe Oak Ridge (6A)Uncommitted
16.Kam BrownWRColleyville Heritage (5A)Texas A&M
17.Marcel BrooksLBFlower Mound (6A)Uncommitted
18.Deondrick GlassRBKaty (6A)Uncommitted
19.Jalen CatalonSMansfield (6A)Uncommitted
20.Nelson Ceaser DEFort Bend Ridge PointUncommitted
21.Roschon JohnsonQBPort Neches-Groves (5A)Texas
22.Erick YoungCBFort Bend Bush (6A)Uncommitted
23.EJ Ndoma-OgarOTAllen (6A)Oklahoma
24.Demani Richardson SWaxahachie (6A)Texas A&M
25.Hunter SpearsDTSachse (6A)Notre Dame
26.Brannon BrownOGSan Antonio O'Connor (6A)TCU
27.Grant TisdaleQBAllen (6A)Ole Miss
28.Isaiah SpillerRBKlein Collins (6A)Uncommitted
29.Jonathan McGillSCoppell (6A)Uncommitted
30.Tamauzia BrownATHNewton (3A)Uncommitted
31.Javonne ShephardOTNorth Forest (4A)Uncommitted
32.Jaylen EllisWRRound Rock Cedar Ridge (6A)Baylor
33.Steven Parker DESouth Oak Cliff (5A)Texas Tech
34.Jamal MorrisSFort Bend Bush (6A)Oklahoma
35.Gilbert IbenemeDEPearland (6A)Uncommitted
36.Josh EllisonDTA&M Consolidated (5A)Texas A&M
37.David UgwoegbuDEKaty Seven Lakes (6A)Uncommitted
38.Jeffery CarterATHAledo (4A)Uncommitted
39.Elijah HigginsWRAustin Bowie (6A)Uncommitted
40.Braedon MowryDEKaty Taylor (6A)Texas A&M
41.Branson BraggCCrandall (4A)Uncommitted
42.Titus SwenRBHaslet Eaton (5A) Uncommitted
43.David GbendaLBKaty Cinco Ranch (6A)Uncommitted
44.Trejan BridgesWRCarrollton Hebron (6A)Oklahoma
45.Deion HankinsRBEl Paso Parkland (5A)Uncommitted
46.T'Vondre SweatDEHuntsville (5A)Texas
47.Kori RobersonDEManvel (5A)Oklahoma
48.Bobby WolfeCBHouston Madison (6A)Uncommitted
49.Dylan WrightWRWest Mesquite (5A)Uncommitted
50.Velton GardnerATHDallas Skyline (6A)Uncommitted
51.Anfernee OrjiSRockwall (6A)Uncommitted
52.Darwin BarlowRBNewton (3A)Uncommitted
53.Jayden JerniganDTAllen (6A)Uncommitted
54.Trevor RobersonOTWellington (2A)Uncommitted
55.Carl WilliamsDTLufkin (5A)Uncommitted

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