Russell Wilson has been tight-lipped about his future sporting plans during the past few months as he decides between baseball and football, and possibly between Wisconsin and Auburn.
The former NC State star quarterback, currently playing baseball for the Class A Asheville Tourists, seems genuinely torn about what to do. By all accounts, he had successful visits to both Auburn and Wisconsin. Yet despite some struggles in the minors, he doesn't want to give up on baseball.
Ultimately, a decision must be made, and Wilson knows it.
Angst-ridden Wisconsin fans won't have to wait too much longer to learn whether they gain a potential centerpiece for the offense.
"I have to make a decision on what I'm going to do, and I hope to do that no later than July 1," said Wilson, who confirmed publicly for the first time that he will choose either Auburn or Wisconsin if the decision is football.
The Colorado Rockies, who selected Wilson in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, want him to remain with Asheville through the season and then possibly go to an instructional league in the fall. Wilson played rookie league ball last summer but left early to begin preparations for football at NC State.
Through Saturday, Wilson was hitting .228 with three home runs and 15 RBI, and an on-base percentage of .366.
Colorado director of player development Marc Gustafson said in an earlier interview that it would be "very difficult" for Wilson to return to baseball if he left early this season.
That's a bit surprising. The Rockies understandably want a firm commitment from Wilson, but would they give up on him if he played football this fall but chose not to pursue an NFL career?
Not long ago, it appeared like Wilson would almost certainly play football in the fall. Now his decision really seems to be baseball vs. football.
If he chooses football, my sense is he'll end up at Wisconsin. The schematic adjustment on offense won't be nearly as dramatic, and Wisconsin's pro-style offense can help prepare Wilson for the NFL. The Badgers' supporting cast at running back and offensive line doesn't hurt, either.
Auburn is an excellent option as well, but Wisconsin could have a higher ceiling this season.
"Personally, I would like to see him stay and work on baseball and so would all the people in our organization, but he has a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to a school and compete for a national championship in football," said Asheville manager Joe Mikulik. "It's a tough decision, but it's a choice he has to make on his own."
And a choice he'll be making soon.