Wilson One to Watch

One program is going to land a great player in Russell Wilson. Although he may not have the prototypical size of a college quarterback, Wilson more than makes up for it with a cannon for an arm and uncanny accuracy.

Wilson burst on the scene this spring at the Louisville Scout.com combine where he impressed all onlookers, including Scout.com traveling coach Tim Glanton, with his abilities. Measuring in at 5-11.5 and 185-pounds, Wilson ripped off a 4.69 40-yard dash and displayed great footwork and one of the strongest arms of all the quarterbacks in attendance.

"That kid from Virginia can play the game," Glanton said of Wilson. "All, I can say is wow."

"I had a great time at that combine," Russell Wilson told Pack Pride. "I went up there to show what I can do against some of the best players in the country. I wanted to show what I could do, and I think I did that. I threw the ball really well up there, and I got great quarterback coaching. The players who were playing there were real nice too."

A prolific passer on the prep level, Wilson led Collegiate to the Virginia AAA state title while posting an 11-0 record that included two wins over prep power Fork Union Military Academy. Wilson passed for 3,300 yards and 40 touchdowns while rushing for another 15 scores as he earned all-state honors.

Colleges have taken notice and interest has picked up. Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech, NC State, North Carolina, Duke, and Wake Forest are some of the programs interested in Wilson. Last week he made a trip down to Tobacco Road and left with his first scholarship offer.

"I went to North Carolina so I could see all the schools down there," said Wilson. "I saw North Carolina, NC State, Duke, and Wake Forest. I'm really interested in all of them, and I wanted to check out the schools. I wanted to meet the coaches, and I was able to do that. I also got a chance to work out and throw in front of them.

"All of them stood out. They are ACC schools with beautiful campuses, and I think they all have programs that are on the rise."

"Duke offered me a scholarship," Wilson added. "I went to Duke, and I was throwing and they all loved me. I was throwing good balls and the wide receivers were getting excited and so were the coaches. It was just a fun time. I did really well because I went there with confidence.

"I talked to coach Roof, and they offered me a full scholarship. I think Duke football is going to be one of the better teams in the ACC in the next few years, and they have got great recruiting over the past couple of years."

Next up for Wilson is two more camps and possibly some more later in July.

"I have Ohio State next and that will be incredible," he said. "They invited me up for their camp, and I believe I'm going to UVA on the 26th.

"NC State, North Carolina and some others asked me to come back in July for some camps and I might do that. I don't know yet if I will work out again or not, but I might go back."

NC State certainly caught Wilson's attention. Sure, he enjoyed the camp experience, but that wasn't the first time he visited NC State and left Raleigh impressed.

"NC State, their campus is pretty nice, but their facilities are top-of-the-line," he said. "I like their quarterbacks coach, Marc Trestman. He coached in the NFL for a while, and he coached Steve Young so I know he knows what he's talking about. He thought I threw a great ball, and he said my footwork is top-notch.

"I like NC State. My brother played for Richmond, and I got to go down there when he played against NC State. It wasn't even a conference game, it was their first game of the year, and the fans were impressive. That shows you what the scene is like down there even when they don't play the best teams."

Wilson remains open and doesn't claim a top five or a leader. He states that he is in no hurry to make a decision, but he will be ready to do so when the time is right.

"I'm not quite sure right now of a top five, and I don't have a favorite," he said. "I'm not in a rush to pick a school. I don't want to do it too late, but I don't want to do it too early either."

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