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Garrett Wilson Reveals Why He Picked Ohio State Over Texas

Garrett Wilson on the field for the Buckeyes.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 02: Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Garrett Wilson (5) runs for a touchdown during the college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights on October 2,2021 at SHI Stadium in Piscataway NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Following a standout junior year at Ohio State, Garrett Wilson is heading to the NFL. He's expected to be one of the first wide receivers off the board when the draft's opening round unfolds Thursday night in Las Vegas.

Before the life-changing evening, Wilson discussed his decision to attend Ohio State on " target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Rich Eisen Show (h/t 247Sports). Though he went to Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, Wilson said he felt a better connection with the Buckeyes than the Longhorns.

“You know, Texas had had a few down years at that point,” Wilson said. “I was from Austin, but it wasn’t like they came and started recruiting me early, trying to get in on me early. They kind of came with the rest of the pack of schools that recruited me. When I went up to Ohio State and did that visit, it was coach (Urban) Meyer and coach (Ryan) Day at the time. The relationship there was just really special. It wasn’t like something I had anywhere else at that time. That was the thought behind my decision.”

Wilson, who grew up in Columbus, told Eisen it wasn't a close call and he knew his decision before officially committing.

“I took my first visit up there and I was silently committed,” Wilson added. “I kind of had already committed to another official visit, so I took that one as well. I was silently committed for a while. Coach Meyer, you did a great job recruiting me. It was never really in doubt I felt like. He kind of always knew I was going to be a Buckeye.”

Wilson won't get to pick his destination Thursday night, but he said he had official visits with the Washington Commanders, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Detroit Lions, and Carolina Panthers.

Although he wouldn't even utter "Michigan" to avoid referencing his alma mater's rival, Wilson said he wouldn't have an issue playing in Detroit. However, that's probably unlikely unless the Lions trade down from No. 2 or move up from No. 32.