Source: Russell Wilson visiting Auburn
Wilson, an infielder for the Asheville Tourists, a Class A minor league team of the Colorado Rockies, has been granted a release from NC State and has one year of eligibility remaining. Because he has graduated, he would be eligible to play immediately.
Auburn, which lost Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to the NFL draft, has a highly touted incoming true freshman quarterback in Kiehl Frazier. But no quarterback emerged as the Tigers' clear starter during spring practice.
Earlier this month a person close to Wilson said he was "95 percent" certain to play college football this season and had been contacted by at least 12 schools. Wisconsin also is said to be interested.
Wilson threw for 3,663 yards and 28 touchdowns last season at NC State. But the Wolfpack has decided to go with Mike Glennon as starting quarterback.
NC State coach Tom O'Brien, who grew frustrated by Wilson dividing his commitments between football and baseball, believes that Glennon has the tools to be comparable to former Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, now of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.
Wilson, an infielder, has been playing with the Tourists along with former Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker, an outfielder.
Wilson is adjusting to playing every day in baseball and has been thinking about how he's not sure if he's ready to give up his football dream, the source said. Wilson would be open to leaving baseball as early as June and is excited about the idea of proving he can quickly learn and succeed in a new offense.
A person close to Wilson said the quarterback arrived at Auburn on Monday night and would spend all Tuesday with coaches in an effort to get to know them and the offensive playbook and scheme used by offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.
Wilson has no specific timeline to make a decision, other than the fact his days off from baseball will be limited next month.
"It's a job interview," the person close to Wilson said. "He's trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life."
Former Auburn quarterback Chris Todd had success in his first year as a starter in offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's scheme.
"It's possible to have success in the offense starting out in the summer," Todd said Tuesday. "It's not an easy feat to accomplish. But it can be done. You would really have to take the time to learn all the route combinations and protections. But what Malzahn does is really simplifies it for a quarterback by going over things so many times the week of the game you feel prepared enough to go as fast as you need.
"To play in that offense would be an opportunity that would be hard to pass up. It's proven itself."
Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN.
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