Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is junior wide receiver Garrett Wilson. Yesterday it was bullet Craig Young. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.
No. 5 | Wide Receiver | 6-0 188 | Junior | Lake Travis High School | Austin, Texas
How’d He Get Here
The first time Ohio State head coach Ryan Day ever saw Garrett Wilson was at a Lake Travis practice in Austin, Texas. Day — who was still the Buckeyes’ offensive coordinator at that point — was actually there to scout 2018 quarterback Matthew Baldwin, and as sometimes happens, somebody else caught his eye. While Day was watching Baldwin and speaking with the Lake Travis coaches, he saw a receiver block a defender off the field and into a tree. Day asked who the receiver was. “That’s Garrett Wilson,” came the reply. An offer would follow that December. Ten days after Ohio State offered, Michigan did the same. As did Georgia, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Alabama, and many more along the way. Wilson eventually signed with the Buckeyes. Him being a Dublin, Ohio native probably didn’t hurt matters for Ohio State. Wilson was a 5-star prospect, ranked the No. 20 player in the 2019 class and the No. 2 wide receiver overall. He became the first out-of-state 5-star receiver signed by the Buckeyes in over 20 years. (Ohio State has added three more since, by the way.)
It didn’t take Garrett Wilson long to work his way into the rotation as a true freshman in 2019. He rotated with senior Binjimen Victor at the X receiver position. Wilson caught 30 passes for 432 yards and five touchdowns, which was the best season by a true freshman Buckeye receiver since David Boston posted 33 receptions for 450 yards and seven touchdowns in 1996. Wilson moved to the slot last year, finishing second on the team with 43 receptions and 723 yards in eight games. His six touchdown receptions were also good for second on the team. This year, Wilson has moved back outside and is manning his old X receiver spot. He is going to be one of a number of security blankets for Ohio State’s eventual starting quarterback.
What to Like
Garrett Wilson may only be 6-feet tall but he plays like he’s 6-foot-3. He can be a chain mover on the sidelines because he has the ability to get up, high point the football, and get a foot down. He’s got tremendous body control to go along with very strong hands. He knows where all of the end lines and sidelines are without even looking. Wilson isn’t necessarily the speed guy of OSU’s room, but he sure does get behind a defense routinely. He is a fantastic route runner who sets up defenders who don’t even realize there’s a punchline coming. Wilson is also quick enough to make guys miss in the open field. There really is nothing he can’t do from a passing game standpoint.
What’s the Ceiling This Year?
The ceiling this year for Garrett Wilson is winning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best pass catcher. Statistically, Wilson is looking at five or six catches a game, which puts him at somewhere between 70-90 catches and around 1,200 yards receiving. And the thing is, that’s not even his ceiling. That should be what he does. What he could do, however, is even more substantial. His ceiling is breaking Parris Campbell’s single-season reception record of 90 catches and David Boston’s single-season record of 1,435 receiving yards.
Garrett Wilson will have an NFL decision to make after this season. He’s already being talked about as a first-rounder. Few people expect him to pull the same surprise that Chris Olave did by returning for his senior season. Wilson can play anywhere for an offense and succeed wherever he goes. He’s a quarterback’s best friend and he rarely leaves his friends hanging.