According to a report from Madison.com’s Tom Mulhern, former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson will visit Wisconsin next week.
Wilson has one year of eligibility left and can transfer from N.C. State without the normal one-year waiting period because he has already graduated. N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien gave the starting job to Mike Glennon after Wilson skipped spring practice to play minor league baseball with the Nashville Tourists. From the report:
The Tourists have a day off on Wednesday, making it the only day next week Wilson could visit UW. The team has a day game on Tuesday, so Wilson could fly to Madison on Tuesday night.
That’s similar to what Wilson reportedly did for his visit to Auburn on May 24. He flew in on a Monday night, then spent Tuesday with the coaches, while getting familiar with the offensive playbook, according to ESPN.com.
It’s becoming more and more likely Wilson will choose to play at either Auburn or Wisconsin, although he’s been contacted by at least 12 schools. I’ve been hesitant to get behind the idea of Wilson being the Badgers’ next starting quarterback because of Wisconsin’s complex offense, but perhaps I’m underestimating his abilities. He did throw for 3,663 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2010. Additionally, the Badgers already have one of the best offensive lines and running games in the country and don’t play a strong opponent until Nebraska visits Madison in their fifth game of the season. These things could make for a easier transition for Wilson than at most other places. Stay tuned.