Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson is scheduled to visit the University of Wisconsin next week, a UW source said.

Wilson has been granted his release from North Carolina State and has one year of college football eligibility remaining. Because he has graduated, he is eligible to play immediately. has reported Wilson is "95 percent" certain to play college football this fall and has been contacted by at least 12 schools.

Wilson has reportedly visited Auburn. With the scheduled visit to UW, it would appear the Tigers and Badgers are the leading candidates to land the prolific passer.

Wilson threw for 3,663 yards and 28 touchdowns last season for North Carolina State. But when he missed spring practices to play minor league baseball, coach Tom O'Brien elected to go with Mike Glennon as the starting quarterback.

Wilson is a second baseman for the Class A Asheville (N.C.) Tourists, a Colorado Rockies affiliate in the South Atlantic League.

The Tourists have a day off on Wednesday, making it the only day next week Wilson could visit UW. The team has a day game on Tuesday, so Wilson could fly to Madison on Tuesday night.

That's similar to what Wilson reportedly did for his visit to Auburn on May 24. He flew in on a Monday night, then spent Tuesday with the coaches, while getting familiar with the offensive playbook, according to

The UW source said Wilson hopes to make a decision on where he'll play before the end of June.

Auburn and UW each will have a new starting quarterback. Auburn's Cam Newton was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and no clear starter emerged during spring practices. The Tigers have a highly touted incoming freshman at the position in Kiehl Frazier.

UW lost senior Scott Tolzien, who is expected to sign a free-agent NFL contract when the lockout ends. Sophomore Jon Budmayr emerged from the spring as the No. 1 quarterback, but he struggled in the Cardinal-and-White scrimmage.

Wilson, from Richmond, Va., has a tie to UW. According to several sources, he has a connection to a relative of UW chancellor Biddy Martin.


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