But that quickly switched and Wilson knows that his role expanded when the previous coach was ousted.
"I think at one point I was 85 percent heading to the NFL," Wilson said. "What I tried to do is that I tried to put myself in position of ‘okay, I am a professional today' and I slept on it. The next day I said ‘okay, I'm back in college.'
"It was about what felt right – was I ready to be a pro or did I still like being in college?" Wilson said. "My goal is to be the best quarterback I can be when I step into that position In the end, I think it was better that I stayed around and matured and become an expert at my position in college and then see what I can do on the next level."
"I think he has an understanding of how I work, how I tick and how he can coach me," Wilson said. "I think I will respond better than I would have in the past."
As far as play-calling, there will also be some difference.
"Everybody's got a different mind, everybody's brain waves work differently," Wilson said. "…I think if I communicate what I like to him and what I am comfortable with and I know what he likes to call and we are on the same page, it turns out well."
Wilson points out that he always had the power to change the play sent in so it won't be as different on the field this season.
"In terms of changing the play, no, because I had complete freedom to begin with in previous seasons," Wilson said. "But I will say that with the communication – and it will be my second year – I will have a lot more freedom in the meeting room and tell the coaches ‘this is what I like to run, this is what I like to do, this is what I am good at – can we implement this?'"
Wilson just finished up at the Manning Passing Camp last week where he worked with Peyton and Eli and others.
"Everybody throws the ball pretty good, but in my opinion it is about what you do on the field in understanding players, how they conduct themselves off the field and how they approach it like they were professional," Wilson said. "They have the IT factor, the swagger and everything they have. I tried to walk into a room and grab some of that and make connections with some of the many people that are down there."
There were also plenty of other SEC quarterbacks there such as Georgia's Aaron Murray, Tennessee's Tyler Bray, LSU's Zach Mettenberger and Alabama's A.J. McCarron.
"You want to be liked and I tried to be nice to those guys, but at the end of the day we are still competitors and it is about beating them, not being their friend," Wilson said.
Wilson was asked what it will take to step over Alabama and LSU this season.
"Today, I have been continually asked ‘How do we leapfrog Alabama and LSU?" Wilson said. "Well, you have to beat them. I think our players understand that. We have both of those guys at our home this year.
"I've said this a number of times, too," Wilson said. "We have 80,000 people cheering for us, rather than against us and it's a lot easier to get an audible call and get our guys into a better situation as opposed to the other. We lost two games last year. It was to those two guys and we have them in our place this year. I think that bodes well for us."