After a month of speculation and even a visit to Auburn, Colorado Rockies minor league infielder Russell Wilson will play college football this fall for the Wisconsin Badgers in the newly-constituted 12-team Big Ten Conference, according to NBC Sports' Keith Arnold. He has this one year remaining to play college football.
Wilson was a two-sport athlete in baseball and football for the N.C. State Wolfpack, being drafted by the Rockies in teh fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He played during the summer for the Rockies short-season Tri-City Dust Devils before returning to N.C. State for his redshirt junior year as the Wolfpack starting quarterback. Wilson was honored during Senior Day because it was believed that he was going to give up football to concentrate fully on baseball.
For a time that seemed true, but Wilson got off to a slow start and has yet to find any consistency. He is hitting .212/.367/.305 in 49 games for the Low-A Asheville Tourists so far in 2011. Wilson wanted to return to the Wolfpack, but he was not going to be handed the starting QB's job, which led him to ask for a transfer release.
And so he finally settled on Wisconsin, a school that was lacking in experienced quarterbacks. He will leave the Rockies by the end of July to start August camp with the Bagers and work in a new offense. His future in baseball will likely be up in the air.
UPDATE: And only minutes later, a new report surfaced that Wilson has not settled on Wisconsin yet. Stay tuned.