Wilson: 'It's A Great Opportunity'

Recruiting is picking up for Russell Wilson. After securing his first offer from Duke last week, the Richmond (VA) Collegiate added two more offers this weekend, including one from another ACC program.

Recruiting is picking up for Russell Wilson. After securing his first offer from Duke last week, the Richmond (VA) Collegiate added two more offers this weekend, including one from another ACC program.

"I went to Ohio State's camp, and it was great," said Wilson. "I threw the ball real well up there, and I think I impressed them. There were other coaches there too. Coaches from Akron, Ohio U., and Miami of Ohio were there. I got an offer from Ohio U.

"I was also offered by NC State [on Saturday]. Coach Cignetti said they were offering me a full scholarship as a quarterback. I'm excited about getting that offer because NC State is a great school, and they want me at quarterback."

Wilson camped at NC State last week and left an impression on the Wolfpack coaching staff.

"[Coach Cignetti] said that Marc Trestman really liked me as a quarterback," said Wilson. "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.

"He wants me to come in there and compete for the job. Coach Cignetti said they had a meeting this week and talked about me. He said they sign one quarterback every year, and they want me really bad."

What does Wilson think about the NC State offer and the chance to compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference?

It's a great opportunity for me," he said. "It's a great opportunity for me to go in there and help NC State. I want to go down there one more time and all that to check it out some more. I'm not sure of a major, and I want to go down to NC State and see what options they have. I know NC State has a great coaching staff, and it would be a great opportunity."

Wilson added that his parents were also happy to see the Wolfpack extend a scholarship offer.

"My parents love it," he said. "They like NC State, and they like Chuck Amato. He's an organized guy, and they are excited about that. They know it's a good school, and it would be a great opportunity for me."

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

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."

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 634 yards as 15 scores as he earned all-state, all-region, and all-district honors while being named the 2005 Richmond Times-Dispatch Player of the Year.

He is also a star on the baseball diamond. The starting shortstop for Collegiate, Wilson batted .467 with three home runs and is considered a potential pro baseball prospect. Wilson admits that he intends on going to college in 2007 and hopes to play both sports on the next level.

"I want to play both sports in college because I think I could have a future in both," he said. "I'm not ready to give either up, and I think I could handle it."

Wilson had a camp set up with Virginia, but it looks like he may be finished with camps this summer.

"I'm not sure if I'm going to go to anymore camps," he said. "I have baseball, and I have this awards banquet where I'm getting an Athlete of the Year award.

"I'm going to try and get back down to NC State in July, they want me to come down July 17th, and I'm going to try and get back down for that."

Could a decision be coming from Wilson?

"I don't know... I don't really want to say," he said. "I don't think I want to rush it to quick, but I think I could do something pretty soon.

"It would be nice to be done with recruiting by the start of my season, but I'm not sure.

"I don't want to name a leader or anything like that."


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