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Garrett Wilson is down to Ohio State and Texas for his commitment.

Ohio State football: Garrett Wilson recruitment latest battle in simmering feud with Texas

Austin Ward

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There is no crystal ball here, so I’ll leave the predictions to the recruiting gurus when it comes to Ohio State and Texas pursuing Garrett Wilson. But the Buckeyes do seem to have a few decent tricks up their sleeves — from the 4-star wide receiver’s background growing up near Columbus and the fact that his high school quarterback already is enrolled at Ohio State. Maybe his friendship with Matthew Baldwin is enough since the two combined to put up some ridiculous numbers last season at Lake Travis (Austin, Texas). But it also doesn’t hurt that Ohio State is clearly putting an emphasis on Wilson’s position and working to improve its passing attack.

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Garrett Wilson (left) and Ohio State early enrollee Matthew Baldwin were teammates in high school. (Baldwin family/courtesy)

What’s really intriguing about Wilson, though, is how he’s found himself in the middle of yet another head-to-head collision between Texas and Ohio State. And, naturally, from there the discussion always tends to jump to Tom Herman and Urban Meyer and the speculation that they can’t be as close as they were when they worked together.

I personally don’t buy into there being animosity between them, particularly since there’s so much of Meyer’s influence in the way Herman runs his program. There also are the bonds that come from working together and claiming a championship. It’s only natural, though, that two intense competitors trying to achieve the same thing or recruit the same players might not be chatting on the phone. And while much was made last season of Meyer’s comments about Herman and his “pixie dust,” the Ohio State coach is going out of his way to praise his old offensive coordinator — doing so as recently as this spring in regard to Herman’s handling of the quarterback room on the way to the 2014 national title.

But collectively the programs clearly don’t have any interest in getting along. Whether it’s engaging in Twitter feuds, attempting to hire away support staffers or Texas simply trying to fend off Ohio State’s recent success recruiting the Lone Star State, there is no shortage of intrigue in seeing two traditional powerhouses fighting on all sorts of battlegrounds.

So until the Buckeyes and Longhorns get on the same football field again, the recruitment of Wilson will have to suffice. And the good news is that there should be a winner declared soon.

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