â€œI would expect that [playing both sports], yes. I think thatâ€™s what he wants to do. He certainly can help our baseball team.â€
â€œHeâ€™s a very smart individual and has made the most of his opportunity as a quarterback,â€ Oâ€™Brien said. â€œOur chances to win games at the end have been because heâ€™s been efficient with the football and hasnâ€™t turned it over.â€
My expectations are that Wilson will eventually declare for the Major League baseball draft and that we will eventually see him playing in the summers professionally for a long time.Â “A lot of scouts said Russell could have been taken in the third or fourth round [of the '07 MLB draft] and were making calls trying to get him to sign,” said NC State baseball coach Elliott Avent. “I have no doubt he’ll make it to the big leagues.”Indeed: in the 2007 draft, Wilson was drafted in the 41st round by the Orioles organization, as a just-in-case pick — as in just-in-case Wilson decided to not play for NC State.Â He came to college, of course, and was one game away from the College World Series last spring and is now NC State’s starting QB.Â In football, nfldraftscout.com currently ranks Wilson 50th out of 140 QB’s in their assessment of college talent.