Wilson, who has been playing minor league baseball this summer, has been released from his football scholarship by Wolfpack Coach Tom O'Brien.
"Russell will come in and compete for the starting quarterback position," Bielema said. "This is an unusual situation, especially for a program that prides itself on developing players throughout their careers, as we do here at Wisconsin. However, this is a special situation and Russell is the type of player and person that fits very well with our team."
Wilson threw for 8,545 yards and 76 touchdowns with 26 interceptions for North Carolina State. He ranks third in North Carolina State history and his touchdown total is third best in ACC history.