Coaching changes yielded good news and bad news for Oregon's recruiting efforts Monday, and the Ducks played a game of give-and-take with a Pac-12 rival.
Four-star running back Dontre Wilson, who was one of the first players verbally committed to Oregon's 2013 recruiting class, announced Monday evening that he will instead sign with Ohio State today. Wilson cited displeasure over former UO coach Chip Kelly's failure to disclose he was thinking of leaving the Ducks, during a visit to Wilson's high school the day before Kelly was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles.
However, another recruit who had been wavering on his commitment to Oregon since Kelly's departure, receiver Darren Carrington, announced late Monday he intends to stick with the Ducks.
Also Monday, Rivals.com reported that four-star offensive lineman Cameron Hunt intends to sign with the Ducks. He committed to California before the coaching change there this offseason.
Hunt would be the fifth offensive lineman in this class, as the Ducks go heavy at a position where they were unable to sign a prep recruit last year.
He is the highest rated in the group, along with West Linn's Evan Voeller.
But another player committed to Cal, three-star linebacker Johnny Ragin, announced he will stick with his pledge to sign with the Golden Bears. Ragin, a Wilsonville native, dreamed of playing for the Ducks while growing up, but Oregon expressed only moderate interest in him until extending a scholarship offer this past week.
Wilson, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior at DeSoto (Texas) High, had been committed to the Ducks since May, earlier than all but two others recruits in the class. Following Kelly's departure from the UO coaching staff, Wilson made official visits to Ohio State and Texas, and on Monday he said he'll play for the Buckeyes.
The day before Kelly left Oregon for the Philadelphia Eagles, he visited Wilson's high school, and gave no indication he was considering leaving the Ducks.
"To me, it was wrong," Wilson said during a Dallas television newscast on which he announced his decision. "It kind of hurt me a little. But I'm over it now."
Wilson led the Dallas area in rushing last fall among players from large schools, carrying 294 times for 1,895 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also caught 37 passes for 750 yards and nine touchdowns.
Wilson was universally considered a four-star prospect and one of the top 100 recruits in the nation by the major recruiting services. Given his versatility and size, there was speculation in recruiting circles Wilson might have been pegged for a role at Oregon similar to that of star UO all-purpose back De'Anthony Thomas.
Wilson's departure leaves the Ducks with two running backs committed to the class that can begin submitting signed letters of intent today. That includes the top-rated player in the class, five-star Thomas Tyner of Aloha High in Beaverton, and the most recent player to commit to the Ducks, three-star Kani Benoit of Phoenix.
Oregon's 2012 starter, Kenjon Barner, has graduated, leaving the Ducks with Thomas and sophomore Byron Marshall as the only scholarship veterans at the position.
Wilson wasn't the only recruit reconsidering a commitment to Oregon in recent days. Twin two-way athletes Tyree and Tyrell Robinson of San Diego recently visited Washington, and Carrington was thought to be wavering between the Ducks and Arizona State.
But Carrington tweeted Monday evening he was "100 percent" attending Oregon in the fall. The 6-3, 180-pound wideout is rated a four-star prospect.