Decision Looming for Wilson?

NC State signee Russell Wilson isn't just a star on the gridiron. The Richmond (VA) Collegiate standout is one of the region's top prep baseball players, and he was recently drafted in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.

The talented signal-caller led Collegiate to a 38-16 victory over Fork Union for their fourth straight VISFA Division I championship. For the season, Russell Wilson passed for 2,993 yards and 33 touchdowns, and he was again named all-state, all-conference, and conference Player of the Year. He was a two-time all-state selection.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder also had a huge senior season on the diamond. Playing shortstop for Collegiate, Wilson batted .536 with seven home runs and 25 stolen bases. The Baltimore Orioles selected Wilson in the 41st round, and he believed that if he had indicated he would be signing a professional baseball contract that he would have been drafted much higher.

"I was going to be picked in the top four or five rounds, but they weren't sure if they would have enough money to get me to go," said Wilson. "For me it is an accomplishment to be picked in the draft.

"I had told [professional teams] that it would take a significant amount of money for me to sign, and my plan is to play football and baseball at NC State."

Wilson stated that he is looking forward to enrolling at NC State and starting his career as a college quarterback.

"I'm still focused on NC State and stuff, and I enroll June 30th for the second summer session," he said. "This is a great step for me. I'm ready to go down there and focus on my freshman year. Being drafted pretty low helps me make my decision a little bit, but I kind of had my mind made up on what I wanted to do."

NC State's coaching staffs have been in touch with Wilson. He maintains regular contact with head coach Tom O'Brien and head baseball coach Elliott Avent.

"I've talked to them a lot," said Wilson. "They are excited for me to come down. Coach O'Brien said he can't wait for me to get down there and help the team out.

"It's the same with coach Avent. He said he thinks I'm going to be a big help for their baseball team. That's exciting."

Professional baseball teams have until the time a player enrolls to sign them to a professional contract. Baltimore had been one of the teams extremely focused on Wilson throughout his season, and despite the late selection the Orioles could still offer a hefty signing bonus to try and ink him to a deal.

As it stands now, all signs point to Wilson beginning his college career at NC State.

"I'm pretty solid on going to NC State, and I'm pretty focused on it," he said. "The Baltimore Orioles may be able to negotiate some sort of deal for me, but I'm not sure they can generate a significant amount of money... the money needed to get it done.

"I know they like me, but I like NC State, and I like players, the coaches, and the fans. I'm just ready to get down there."

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