In fall 2015, Charles Burton settled in to watch the Del Valle High School freshman team take on nearby powerhouse and rival Lake Travis. The head coach at Del Valle at the time, Burton was eager to scout the young talent that would soon advance to his varsity roster.
Hank Carter, Lake Travis’ coach, was also in attendance. At one point, Carter leaned over to Burton and said, “We have a freshman wide receiver on this team that’s going to be one of the best players in the country very soon.”
“About three minutes later, Garrett Wilson took a slant, hurdled a defender and took it 80 yards to the house,” Burton laughed. “He wasn’t lying.”
Just as his coach predicted, Wilson did emerge as one of the best players in the country, a top-20 recruit in the Class of 2019 who is a rising junior at Ohio State.
Now, seven years later, Charles’ son Caleb is essentially the present-day Wilson, a five-star receiver from the Austin area with offers from every elite program in the nation. And like Wilson, Burton spurned the local school, Texas, and has committed to play at Ohio State — even though he has yet to visit the campus in person.
Ohio State’s pitch? Be the next Wilson.