“I’m coming home, I’m coming home,” Wilson sang after the Buckeyes beat Alabama 42-35 win in New Orleans Thursday night. “Tell the world I’m coming home.”
The Skylar Gray lyrics were fitting. Thanks to the win, Wilson is indeed headed to his home state of Texas as Ohio State will play Oregon for the national championship in Arlington on Jan. 12. Better yet for Wilson, who broke his foot against Michigan State on Nov. 8, the H-back expects to be able to see the field for the first time in two months.
“I’m back now, I aint worried about it,” he said. “I’m back. I’m going to go crazy.”
Wilson was a key contributor for Ohio State in its first nine games, totaling 21 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns with 18 rushes for 100 yards to go with 664 yards on punt and kick returns combined. Jalin Marshall, who split time with Wilson before the injury, has excelled in a full-time role as the H-back, but Wilson is excited to get the chance to make an impact in his home state.
Added to the excitement is the fact that the game comes against Oregon, who Wilson was initially committed to in high school before flipping to Ohio State.
“I’m very happy. I’m so hungry,” he said. “It seems like a dream, man. It’s like a story. I could write a book if we go to Dallas and handle our business. When we got down (against Alabama) nobody got mad or anything because we knew we were going to come out with the victory because we worked too hard for it and this is what you come to Ohio State for.”
Wilson, who has been running on an underwater treadmill but has done little physical running, was a game-time decision for the Sugar Bowl, he said. He was told before kickoff that there was still a potential he would be used sparingly against Alabama. Instead, he was forced to watch from the sidelines.
“He just wants to play for his team because he wants to win that bad,” Marshall said. “It’s not the he wants to play for himself or do great for himself, he wants to help the team win. He wants to play real, real bad.”
While there is no official word that he will play against the Ducks, it seems likely that an extra ten days of rehab would be enough for a player that was described by Urban Meyer as 50-50 all week in New Orleans.
Wilson played his high school football at DeSoto High School in Texas, just 25 miles from AT&T Stadium where the Buckeyes will play for a national championship.
“That’s even better, icing on the cake,” he said of coming home for a shot at the national title.
“When I was playing I was contributing and I can’t wait to get back.”
To get back on the field and get back home.