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’95-percent’ certainty Russell Wilson plays in ’11

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Mere days after an abrupt “parting of ways” with North Carolina State, Russell Wilson is reportedly not lacking potential suitors if he decides to play another season of college football.

The quarterback was given a release from his NCSU scholarship last Friday and, according to ESPN.com’s Joe Schad, has already been contacted by a dozen unnamed schools expressing interest in his skills. ¬†While the schools weren’t named, Schad tweeted that there are several SEC programs who maintain an interest in last year’s runner-up for the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Among the SEC with some degree or another of QB issues heading into summer camp, and thus may look at landing Wilson, would be South Carolina, Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss.  Depending on your view of John Brantley, Florida may also be thrown into the discussion.

As for the question of whether Wilson, currently an infielder in the Colorado Rockies minor league system, will use his final season of collegiate eligibility this fall, Schad reports that a source close to the player told him that there’s a “95-percent” certainty will play football at the collegiate level in 2011.

As Wilson has already received his degree from NCSU, he would be eligible to play immediately at a Div. 1-A school if he enrolls in a graduate program not offered at his former school.

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5 Responses to “’95-percent’ certainty Russell Wilson plays in ’11”
  1. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 2, 2011 2:21 PM

    Let the bidding begin.

    How much will Auburn offer? The Tide?
    Just deal with his daddy, that way Russell can say he didn’t know anything, thus being able to play all season.
    Nick, surely a couple hundred thousand is worth a shot at another championship isn’t it?
    Just send a friend of a friend of a friend of the program out to have contact.

  2. WingT says: May 2, 2011 9:41 PM

    hey imatalker, the Tide is set at QB, so I doubt he will get a call from Nick.

    Good for Wilson, he’s a heck of a player – too bad NC State doesn’t want him

  3. jpiro says: May 3, 2011 10:13 AM

    Bargaining chip so he has leverage in negotiations with MLB, nothing more.

    NCST didn’t want to get played, so they cut him loose. Now, he needs another team to bite so he isn’t flapping in the wind.

  4. ausoleil says: May 3, 2011 12:03 PM

    First of all, Wilson has already signed with the Rockies and is playing his second minor league season. What negotiations are there with “MLB?”

    Secondly, it is not that NCSU did not want him. Tom O’Brien told Wilson that last year’s slow start from the then ACC player of the year was a result of his missing spring practice and drills, and that he needed to be in uniform and on the field for football. Imagine that, a head coach wanting his starting QB to be with the team practicing.

    Third, Wilson’s lack of football conditioning led to him having nagging injuries most of the season last year, and that was again due to his baseball commitments.

    Finally, O’Brien told Wilson he was welcome back, but that Mike Glennon (former 4 or 5 star recruit, depending on the service) had earned the starting nod. Wilson would be in the role of backup, and Wilson did not want to do that, so he and O’Brien parted amicably.

    Wilson wants to play in the NFL, which at 5’11″ is going to be quite a stretch for him. The game has changed a lot at the pro level since Bernie Kosar and other “short” QBs were stars, and it is a longshot at best for him to play on Sundays under center. That’s why he wants to play his final year of eligibility, to improve his draft position.

    Wilson won’t take any money, his family is well off (and iamtalkingsolistenandlearn his father passed away last year) and Russell himself has money and more importantly, has a lot of integrity besides. Anyone who knows him well at all will tell you he’s probably the last kid that they think will take under-the-table money from a recruiter.

  5. jpiro says: May 3, 2011 1:09 PM

    You’re crazy if you don’t think he’d see some cash from the Rockies (who are a part of “MLB”) if he agreed to forego his senior season of football and join them full time. That’s where the negotiation comes in, and without a team (or interest from several teams) he has no leverage there.

    If all he wanted was to play another year of football to improve his stock because the NFL is where he intends to make a living, he could have stayed at NCST where he already knows the system and the players by either 1) skipping baseball so he could spend spring with the football team or 2) showing up in the fall and competing with Glennon for the starting job.

    He wasn’t willing to do either. His future is in baseball.

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