Top Treatment for Wilson

Taking his second unofficial visit since being released from his N.C. State scholarship, senior quarterback Russell Wilson spent two days in Madison, and reportedly shocked by the experience.

MADISON – Just like they do for all visiting fans on gameday, the University of Wisconsin roll out the red carpet for Russell Wilson.

The sought after free agent quarterback of the 2011 football season, Wilson, a second baseman for the Class A Asheville (N.C.) Tourists, a Colorado Rockies affiliate in the South Atlantic League, took advantage of a team off day and took his visit.

According to multiple sources contacted by Badger Nation, Wilson was welcomed to a lit up Camp Randall Stadium and the Jumbotron playing a replay of Wisconsin's primetime win over No.1 Ohio State last October. He spent Tuesday night hanging out with senior wide receiver Nick Toon and met with coach Bret Bielema, offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and other coaches and players before leaving late this afternoon.

"He was a really nice, likeable guy," said a UW source. "He had a good time with Nick and had a good time experiencing a sample of what we experience here every day."

One of pitches from the UW coaches was that the Badgers are expected to be contenders for the Big Ten Conference title and have an NFL-type offense, a key for Wilson who would like to have a professional football career. The coaching staff also reportedly said that the offense would be tailored to the strengths of the quarterback.

Wilson also reportedly met with redshirt sophomore quarterback Jon Budmayr, although the sources contacted could not verify.

"(Budmayr) has been working really hard and preparing to lead this team," one source said.

Wilson visited Auburn on May 24 and is expected to make his decision by the end of the month, most likely between the two schools.

In three seasons in Raleigh, Wilson, the runner up for ACC Player of the Year last year, has completed 57.8 percent of his passes for 8,545 yards. No quarterback in the ACC has thrown more touchdown passes than Wilson, as his 76 touchdown passes is 26 more than Miami quarterback Jacory Harris.

Wilson set an NCAA record for throwing 379 passes over two years without an interception, is the school's third all-time leading passer, never lost to in-state rival North Carolina, was voted the team's most valuable player last season and was the MVP after helping his team win the Champs Sports Bowl and get to nine wins for the first time since 2002.

Wilson was released from his N.C. State scholarship when head coach Tom O'Brien became frustrated with Wilson dividing his commitments between football and baseball. Throw in the fact that N.C. State lost its three top receivers, O'Brien wanted a quarterback who was going to be around the program the whole year, especially during spring football.

Auburn and UW each will have a new starting quarterback. Auburn's Cam Newton was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and no clear starter emerged during spring practices. The Tigers have a highly touted incoming freshman at the position in Kiehl Frazier.

After being spoiled under two-year starter Scott Tolzien, who went 21-5 as a starter, the Badgers are facing the 2011 season with three quarterbacks who have yet to start a game, have played in three total games and combined to go 22 of 61 for 243 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions in the UW's annual spring.


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