Wilson: 'I'm Excited'

Russell Wilson's high school football career is over, but for him it just means it is time to hit the hardwood.

The talented signal-caller led Richmond (VA) Collegiate to a 38-16 victory over Fork Union for their fourth straight VISFA Division I championship. For the season, Wilson passed for 2,993 yards and 33 touchdowns, but the titles mean more to him.

"I'm doing basketball right now, but it feels so good to accomplish all your goals in football," Russell Wilson told Pack Pride. "We've won championships and that is what it's all about.

"The next thing is I want is to take that drive to succeed down to NC State. With all the good recruits we have coming in and the great players they already have in Raleigh, I think we can do some special things.

"The ACC is a good conference, but you saw what Wake Forest was able to accomplish this season. You have so many teams that recruit great players... pretty much every year is going to be a tough year for everybody. It comes down to making the most plays, and I think we definitely have the talent do real well next year."

"My family is definitely excited for me. They think it's going to be a real good fit."

Wilson, who stated he fielded calls from Duke, North Carolina and some other ACC schools after Chuck Amato was fired by NC State, said that his family followed the Wolfpack coaching search.

When word started to leak that Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien was headed to Raleigh, Wilson believed NC State officials made the right choice.

"I thought it was great a decision," said Wilson. "I think Coach O'Brien is a great coach, and I've always liked to watched Boston College play. I know he knows his stuff. They pass the ball a lot, and they always seem to run the ball real well. I think it's definitely a postive, and I'm excited about it.

"We followed the search the entire time. My brother, he played college football, was always online trying to find out the latest news and to see who the next coach was going to be, so when we read it was coach O'Brien all of us were happy. My dad loves watching Boston College, and he knows Tom O'Brien is a great leader. My family is definitely excited for me. They think it's going to be a real good fit.

"My family loves the school anyways," Wilson added. "They think it's a great environment, the fans are awesome, and they think it will be a great experience for me."

Wilson had scheduled an official visit to Duke and was heading down to Durham this weekend. Will he still take the official visit?

"I'm just visiting NC State now," said Wilson. "I was supposed to visit Duke this weekend, but I've called the coaches and canceled that trip.

"I'm just looking forward to getting down to Raleigh and meeting coach O'Brien and his staff. I had heard he's probably not going to coach in their bowl game and would be coming down right away, so maybe I can get down and talk with them in the next couple of weeks. But I think my official visit is going to be in January, either the 13th or the 20th... one of those weekends."

"I feel like he's one of the most well-respected coaches in college football."

Wilson, who is a big fan of college football, knows all about coach O'Brien. After hearing that O'Brien was hired, he did some more research and found an interesting connection he shared with the head coach.

"I can't wait to meet him," said Wilson. "I think he's going to be a great guy. I feel like he's one of the most well-respected coaches in college football. It's funny because I was looking for information on him online and I read where he went to St. Xavier High School. I was born in Cincinnati and if I had stayed there that was the school I was going to go to. I thought that was kind of interesting."

Checking in at 6-foot and a sturdy 198 pounds, Wilson has the frame to come in and compete right away for playing time as a true freshman. While he hopes to see the field early in his career, Wilson just wants to fit in the best way he can.

"I'm going to come in with a postiive attitude," he said. "Of course I want to play, and I think I'll be able to get it done if I get the opportunity. One of the things about NC State is they have great wide receivers, great tailbacks and a good offensive line. I'm excited about it. I'm definitely ready to get down there and start competing."


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