That opened the door for Middletown’s Jalin Marshall – the Ohio version of The Next Percy Harvin – to become a multipurpose weapon in his own right.
Wilson was limited by injuries most of last season as Marshall, Curtis Samuel and Huber Heights Wayne’s Braxton Miller worked in the slot to varying degrees of success.
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Now Wilson is back for his senior season, and he says he has no regrets.
“I’ve been through a lot,” Wilson said. “I’ve seen a lot, done a lot. I pretty much think everything happens for a reason. God’s put me in this position to be able to flourish here and go out there and showcase my talents and do whatever it takes for the team to get those wins.”
A handful more Next Percy Harvins have signed with Ohio State since Wilson trekked north more than three years ago, but he’s back at the front of the line.
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Healthy now, Wilson is in line to help the Buckeyes in the backfield and at receiver – just like Meyer and fans of the Scarlet and Gray envisioned all along.
“From my freshman to my sophomore year, it was every week going up and up,” Wilson said. “The injury, that’s something you can’t control. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better. This summer was pretty much different from all my other summers. I worked a lot harder, practiced on a lot more things, pretty much just perfected my craft, getting my game right for the season.
“I feel this year y’all probably will finally get to see me for who I really am.”