Fans didn’t get to see it much last year, but Ohio State coaches always had big plans for Garrett Wilson. From the time the five-star wide receiver out of Austin, Texas committed to the Buckeyes in April of 2018, head coach Ryan Day, then the offensive coordinator, had visions of what Wilson could do in this offense.
“The first thing that stands out is his talent,’ Day said of Wilson. “He is tremendously skilled. His ball skills are excellent. His change of direction and ability to accelerate in a short area is just tremendous. The other part is just his timing downfield and going and getting balls. His ceiling is as high as he wants to be.”
While Day made that assessment of Wilson on Tuesday, he could have said the same thing during his recruitment or last year before he broke into the Scarlet and Gray’s receiver rotation. And he’s only getting better.
After catching 30 passes for 432 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games as a true freshman, Wilson is on pace to quickly eclipse those numbers as a sophomore. The wideout has recorded 24 receptions for 344 yards and two touchdowns through the first three games of the Scarlet and Gray’s shortened 2020 season.
“He has improved,” Day continued. “The better he practices, the harder he plays, the better he is going to be. He has tremendous talent and he can be as good as he wants to be.”
For Wilson, being productive in this offense isn’t a surprise. Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, before his parents moved the family to Texas, the receiver was an Ohio State fan. He watched the record-setting Buckeye offense under Day and saw Dwayne Haskins throw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns the year before he arrived. He pictured himself in that offense once he committed.
With Day taking over as head coach but remaining heavily involved in the offense, Wilson knew his skills would be used as long as he continued to progress. Then quarterback Justin Fields transferred into the program prior to Wilson’s freshman year and the offense began to evolve into the top-20 passing attack it is today.
“Being in this offense and playing with someone like Justin, he’s always going to put it where it needs to be,” Wilson said. “It’s just on me, (fellow wide receivers) Chris (Olave) and Jamo (Jameson Williams) to make a play at that point. I feel like I’ve been in a lot of good situations to make plays and then it was just on me to make a play at that point.” Read from source….