Wilson: 'It Was A Great Experience'

Richmond (VA) Collegiate quarterback Russell Wilson earned an offer from NC State following the Wolfpack's June individual camp, and he returned to Raleigh with his parents yesterday on an unofficial visit.

Richmond (VA) Collegiate quarterback Russell Wilson earned an offer from NC State following the Wolfpack's June individual camp, and he returned to Raleigh with his parents yesterday on an unofficial visit.

"It was a great experience," said Wilson. "I wanted to get back down to NC State with my parents because they haven't had a chance to see the school yet, and they really enjoyed it. It was their first time getting to see NC State, and we got to see what it was all about. Again, it was a great experience for me.

After arriving at NC State, Wilson met with the Wolfpack coaches and toured the Murphy Center.

"I had a chance to see their football facilities, and it was impressive," said Wilson. "I got to talk with all the football coaches, coach Amato, coach Cignetti, coach Trestman... all of them.

"They told me I was a priority for them at quarterback, and that I can play both sports at NC State. I liked that a lot."

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 plans to play both sports on the next level. He had a chance to meet with the NC State baseball staff as well.

"They told me I was a priority for them at quarterback."
"I was able to meet with coach Avent, coach Guzzo, and the rest of the baseball staff," said Wilson. "It was my first time seeing their baseball facilities, and they were great. Meeting them reinforced that they wanted me to play both sports, and that is a plus."

Prior to leaving NC State, Wilson and his family met with the academic staff and toured the NC State campus.

"We visited the rest of the campus, and I met with the academic people at NC State," he said. "I talked with them more about the academic side of the school... I think it's a great school.

Wilson, who admitted that he enjoyed the visit, did not commit on his trip. With offers on the table from NC State and Duke, he stopped short of naming a leader or even giving a timeframe for a decision.

"I'm not sure right now," he said. "I didn't commit while I was at State, but I'm not sure when I will be ready to make a decision. NC State is definitely one of my top choices, but I don't want to release a timeframe or anything like that right now. I don't want that information out.

"This visit did help me out a lot with my decision."


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