Russell turns in very good senior season

An unheralded wideout who was a relative unknown at the beginning of his senior year, Alexander City's John Russell has emerged as an outside possibility for the Tide.

John Russell (6-3 185 4.50) had to sit out his entire junior season at Benjamin Russell High School, recovering from a broken foot. Russell told that having to sit and watch as his teammates went out and won a state championship was tough. But it also served as motivation to have a banner senior season.

Russell fulfilled all expectation by grabbing 51 passes for more than 1000 yards and seven touchdown passes.

On film Russell shows good ability to get away from jam blocks at the line of scrimmage. He loves the fade pattern, square-ins and deep routes, plus he is a smooth runner with the ball after the catch.

Several other in-state receivers have garnered most of this year's recruiting publicity, including Chad Jackson, Matt Caddell and Jayson Swain. But Russell has prototype size for a receiver, which new Tide Head Coach Mike Price likes.

Russell took several unofficial visits to Alabama games this past season. Besides Alabama, Russell lists Auburn, South Carolina, Arkansas and MTSU as favorite schools.

The Alex City native bench presses 240 pounds and squats 350.

Russell carries a 2.90 GPA and has scored 20 on the ACT. Qualifying should not be a concern.

EDITOR'S NOTE: With so many talented receivers on Bama's recruiting board this season, it's possible that the Tide will not have enough scholarships for Russell. It's unclear whether or not Russell might consider walking on at The Capstone.

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