Speaking to TMZ Sports, Wilson noted schools like Oklahoma and Notre Dame attempted to lure him away from Columbus.
“If Coach [Ryan] Day is going to be leading the team, then I’m going to be there right beside him,” Wilson said.
Ryan Day was named as Meyer’s successor at Ohio State. He’s been with the program for two seasons as an offensive coordinator.
Wilson, who grew up around Columbus, gave the Buckeyes a verbal commitment in April:
Garrett Wilson @GarrettWilson_V
I sacrificed time, fun, and relationships to be in this position. Recruiting is a grueling process, but god showed me the way. I got unfinished business in the 614… I’m coming home. #TTWFO https://t.co/W9xRyot1Bs
This is great news for Ohio State because Wilson is regarded as one of the top prospects in the 2019 recruiting class. He’s a 5-star talent and No. 16 overall player, per 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Given Wilson’s high upside and raw potential, it’s easy to see why the Sooners and Fighting Irish would attempt to steal him away.
Even though the Buckeyes finished behind Notre Dame and Oklahoma in the final College Football Playoff rankings, they can already claim a victory over both programs heading into 2019.