NCAA Football

Brown’s future gets clearer, Wilson’s more uncertain

ESPN’s Joe Schad reported two stories regarding Wisconsin Wednesday.

First, Schad wrote that Badgers running back Zach Brown’s current transfer destination of choice seems to be Pittsburgh, which he’s visited for the past three days. The Panthers have only one scholarship running back on their roster and are bringing four freshman during the fall.

Head coach Bret Bielema first announced Brown’s interest in transferring a little less than a month ago. He would likely have been Wisconsin’s fourth-string running back had he stayed, but a new NCAA rule will allow him to transfer without the normal one-year waiting period because he will have graduated by the start of next season.

Schad also reported former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson, who may take advantage of the same rule to transfer to Wisconsin, is still uncertain about his future.

When Wilson began playing minor league baseball in the spring, N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien decided to name Mike Glennon its 2011 starting quarterback. However, Wilson has one year of college football eligibility remaining and may decide to work out an agreement to end his baseball contract and play college football elsewhere in the fall.

Wilson’s two top football options appear to be Auburn and Wisconsin, both of which he has visited in the past month. A source told Madison.com’s Tom Mulhern Wilson’s visit to Madison was a “grand slam.”

However, Wilson is still not completely sure he wants to leave baseball. Schad, who initially reported Wilson was “95 percent” certain to play football in the fall, has been told by a source Wilson is having some second thoughts:

Wilson is not likely to have a decision this week, the source said, as he struggles with leaving baseball, when his desire has always been to play two sports. “There are two magnets pulling this kid in opposite directions,” the source said.

Schad reports Wilson won’t be taking any other visits, but still needs time to decide if he will give up on baseball.