Russell Wilson to visit Wisconsin

Updated: June 3, 2011, 1:58 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson will make his second trip to a potential transfer destination when he visits Wisconsin next week.

Wilson will visit Wisconsin Tuesday and Wednesday, a source tells ESPN.com's Heather Dinich. Wilson visited Auburn on May 24 before rejoining the Asheville Tourists, a Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

Wilson, a second baseman for the Tourists, was granted his release from N.C. State this spring after passing for 3,663 yards and 28 touchdowns last season.

N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien, who grew frustrated by Wilson dividing his commitments between football and baseball, named Mike Glennon the team's starting quarterback for the season.

Because Wilson has graduated from N.C. State, he can transfer to another FBS program and be eligible to play immediately.

A source close to Wilson told ESPN's Joe Schad last month that Wilson was "95 percent" certain to play college football this fall.

Wilson has appeared in 46 games for the Tourists and is hitting .200 with a home run and six RBIs. Asheville's last off-day was May 24, the day Wilson visited Auburn, and the team's next off-day is Wednesday.

Both Wisconsin and Auburn are looking for new starting quarterbacks. The Tigers must replace Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, and the Badgers are looking for a successor to Scott Tolzien, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award winner.

Jon Budmayr is the projected starter for Wisconsin, although he and the team's other quarterbacks endured some struggles in spring practice.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.

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