Russell Wilson Could Shake Up the Big Ten in 2011 If He Joins Wisconsin

Pete DymeckAnalyst IMay 12, 2011

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28:  Russell Wilson #16 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack rushes with the ball during the Champs Sports Bowl against the West Virginia Mountineers at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Things could get even more interesting for the Big Ten this fall.

Famed quarterback and elite baseball prospect Russell Wilson has acknowledged his interest in playing for the Wisconsin Badgers this fall.

Since Wilson has already graduated from North Carolina State, and has one year of NCAA eligibility remaining, he can play immediately this fall.

Wilson left N.C. State as one of its all-time leading passers. Last year alone Wilson passed for more than 3,500 yards and 28 touchdowns. That would have placed him as the most productive passer in the Big Ten had he not played for the Wolf Pack.

The year before, Wilson was fourth in the nation passing touchdowns, behind only Case Keenum (Houston), Max Hall (BYU) and Kellen Moore (Boise State).

As far as Wilson’s interest in Wisconsin is concerned, the school cannot comment since Wilson is regarded as an unsigned recruit.

Wisconsin is primed for another big year, but they have a gaping hole at quarterback since Scott Tolzien graduated. By adding a prolific passer (and rusher) such as Wilson, the Badgers would immediately jump to the forefront of the Big Ten.

Officially, there is no guarantee that Wilson could win the starting gig at Wisconsin. He is currently playing minor league baseball for the Asheville Tourists after being selected in the fourth round of the MLB draft last year by the Colorado Rockies. The Tourists’ season ends four days after Wisconsin’s opener.

Still, the truth remains that Wilson is as athletic and a more prolific passer than say, Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor. By using this comparison, it is safe to say that Wilson could come in and immediately make a surge for Wisconsin to return to the Rose Bowl, if not more.

We will continue to follow this interesting story as it is determined that Wilson could surely shake things up in the Big Ten by joining the Wisconsin Badgers.