Will North Carolina State's Russell Wilson Choose Baseball over Football?

Allen LoppCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2010


Russell Wilson has became a star at NC State mainly on the football field, but he has shown flashes of excellence on the baseball diamond.

Wilson is the heart and soul of the football team and as a red-shirt freshman he was a first team All-ACC quarterback. He holds the record of most consecutive passes without an interception at 379 pass attempts. 

Despite his team's failures, he has still put up fantastic numbers in two years of football. In his career, Wilson has thrown for almost 5,000 yards and 48 touchdowns.

Wilson still has two years of eligibility left and many people around the Wolfpack nation, including myself believe that Tom O'Brien has this team on the rise despite the setback last year. 

If Wilson stays these remaining years he could be a part of something special, including maybe winning an ACC Atlantic title and competing for a chance to go to the Orange Bowl.

On the other hand there is baseball, where Wilson has also excelled in some independent wooden bat leagues.

Don't let Wilson's collegiate baseball numbers fool you, his freshman year he focused on football where he was competing for the starting quarterback spot. Then the next baseball season, he had an injured knee from the PapaJohns.com bowl.

Wilson was originally drafted drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 41st round, 1,222 overall in the 2007 amateur draft. 

Now we all know that he choose to attend NC State, which would mean by rule, he would be eligible this year to enter the Major League Baseball Draft again. Many scouts have said that he has first round potential if he did enter the draft.

Tom O'Brien has already made it public that Wilson will skip spring practice, which would make it the second season in a row Mike Glennon will be taking the first team snaps.

Many people outside the Wolfpack Nation don't know that they have another potential star in waiting in the afore mentioned Mike Glennon. 

Glennon is more of a pocket passer and he has said he prefers to take snaps under center like a pro quarterback. He has the size of a pro quarterback being 6'6'' tall and weighing 195 pounds.

Russell has a tough decision in front of him. On one hand, he can continue to play football and become one of the better quarterbacks in NC State history. If he has that kind of success, then maybe he even has a chance at winning an ACC Championship.

On the other side of the debate, he can leave and enter the Major League Draft, make the big bucks and enter an organization's farm system.   

I am glad that I'm not Russell Wilson, because his is an extremely tough decision.

I would not be angry if he choose to go pro in baseball, because he is looking out for his and his families best interest. Not only that, but Glennon has taken many snaps with the first team and I'm confident he can step in and produce similar stats.

I would also not blame him if he choose to stay with football, because you have only one chance to play college football, plus if he continued to develop he might be able to have the same success as Pat White. 

Should Wilson look towards the future and enter the Major League Baseball Draft or continue his college career in football? 

No one knows but Russell Wilson himself and I would appreciate it if you let me know what you think he should do.