Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
*uburn might as well make a run at Brett Favre next, and don't think for a second they wouldn't actually try it...
I think Russell Wilson is a good college quarterback.. as long as he's playing in a conference like the ACC that makes the talking heads at ESPN even foam at the mouth over Jacory Harris and Tyrod Taylor as if they're legitimate quarterbacks.
I look at this very much the way I looked at the Ole Miss/Jeremiah Masoli situation (another quarterback who played in a conference that made him look legitimate... until he found out what SEC defense was all about).
Wilson doesn't really fit Malzahn's offense, certainly not the way that Cam Newton did, but Malzahn could definitely find a way to structure his offense around the workhorse back Michael Dyer with traps and counters, as opposed to how he had it structured around Cam's ability to run the football.
The problem here is that much like the Masoli situation at Ole Miss, you're tampering with team chemistry when you bring in a "one-and-done" quarterback like this who doesn't even participate in spring practice.
This isn't going to be the Senior laden *uburn team they had last year... the entire offensive line is gone, along with several other key Seniors off both sides of the ball.
In other words, I like Wilson, but I think he'd be substantially better off going to South Carolina and play for the OBC where he'll have the best weapons in the conference around him, and also a much easier path to Atlanta. Not to mention the Gamecocks are a team that's ready to compete for an SECe title if they can just nail down a legitimate quarterback.
South Carolina just makes a lot more sense to me from Russell Wilson's perspective....
..although if the money is "too good to pass up" for the Knewtons, you'd think it appears just as green to the Wilsons.