North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson (16) drops to throw during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.  (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

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North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson (16) drops to throw during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

N.C. State QB Russell Wilson will leave school for spring training

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N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson will leave school next month to focus on spring training with the Colorado Rockies organization.

In a statement from the school Monday, Wilson explained his decision.

“At this point in my life, the best thing for me is to concentrate fully on baseball in the same way that I concentrated fully on football over the past six months,” Wilson said. “It is only fair for everyone involved that I give baseball the same time and attention that I have given football. Ultimately, decisions about my athletic future will be made based on my potential to succeed at the highest professional level.”

The school said Wilson will continue to pursue his degree and hasn’t ruled out returning for his senior season of football.

The school said Wilson won’t talk further about his future for now.

The redshirt junior helped the Wolfpack win nine games and come a victory away from winning the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division title.

Wilson was a fourth-round draft pick of the Rockies last summer.

Wilson declined to comment further on his plans. Wolfpack coach Tom O’Brien was unavailable for comment due to recruiting trips.

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