After passing for better than 2,500 yards and 19 touchdowns on a 70 percent completion rate, Russell and his teammates will be helping to form the new Cumberland Gap High School in the fall.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," said Russell. "Our coach will be coming with us, and it's going to be a whole new level of competition when we combine high schools."
Russell has drawn the eyes of several college scouts early in the process, and he will be attending the Elite 11 tryout camp in Las Vegas on June 27th and 28th. The Elite 11 is the most prestigious quarterback camp in the country, and by getting an invite to tryout puts a player in special company.
When it comes to a college of choice, Russell is leaving his options open.
"The door is really wide open right now," Russell said. "I'm going to try and get to summer camps at Tennessee, Auburn, Virginia, and maybe Kentucky. I don't really have any favorites, but if I had to name a Top 5, they would be Tennessee, Auburn, Virginia, Florida and either Georgia or Alabama."
Russell is an excellent student, and while he doesn't have any formal scholarship offers yet, he is going to have a great opportunity in Las Vegas to show what he can do and learn from some of the best.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Russell is one of several quarterback prospects from around the nation who developed at least a passing interest in Alabama due to former head coach Mike Price's offensive attack. With Price now gone, the Tide is talking to several coaching candidates also noted for throwing the football.
Also note: Prospect update provided to BamaMag.com by recruiting expert Scott Kennedy of TheInsiders.com.