"I committed to NC State to play football and baseball," Wilson informed Pack Pride. "I did it this morning. I called and committed to coach Amato. He was very excited. He was thrilled. It was a great feeling to know that they wanted me that much.
"It wasn't so much that I wanted to get it out of the way, I was just ready to go there. It's a great opportunity for me."
Coach Amato and his coaching staff, specifically position coach Marc Trestman and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti, were happy to land a commitment from Wilson.
"Coach Amato told me that he was very excited to get me at quarterback," said Wilson. "They wanted me to be their guy."
"I talked to coach Trestman and coach Cignetti about how well I did at their camp. They said I walk with a swagger and came out there and performed really well. They like my arm strength, my accuracy, and say that I have great feet. I worked with coach Trestman a while, and that was important."
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Wilson, who committed to NC State over offers from Duke and Ohio while receiving heavy interest from North Carolina and Louisville, stated why he chose to end his recruitment early.
"NC State is a great program... it's one of the best in the ACC," he said. "They have a great coaching staff. The coaches will help me to get to the next level and help us get to the national championship.
"My parents really liked the school and the coaching staff. They like coach Amato's style. They are happy about me going there."
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 college baseball prospect. He plans to play both sports on the next level, but his scholarship will be for football.
Russell Wilson is NC State's 10th public commitment in the 2007 class and the second out-of-state player to verbal, joining Florida wideout and 2006 signee Carlos Everett. In-state commitments Linwan Euwell, Chris Culliver, Justin Whaley, Steven Howard, Sam Jones, George Bryan, Henry Lawson, and Dominique Ellis round out the Wolfpack's class.
Stay tuned for more from Pack Pride on NC State's latest commitment!