Bad Intentions

New Orleans (La.) Landry linebacker Robert Russell (6-0, 220), one of seven players visiting Arkansas this weekend, talks about how he likes to arrive at the ballcarrier with a purpose.

New Orleans (La.) Landry linebacker Robert Russell is known as a guy who make plays from sideline to sideline.

The 6-0, 220-pound linebacker, one of seven players scheduled for official visits to the University of Arkansas this weekend, did so this season to the tune of 168 tackles meaning he has just under 300 stops the past two seasons.

"The best thing I do is hit people," Russell said. "I've got the speed to get there and when I do I like to make it as big an impression as possible on the dude with the ball."

Russell, who has 4.65 speed in the 40-yard dash and bench presses 365, also had 7 quarterback sacks this season and one interception that he return for a touchdown during a 5-5 team that lost in the first round of the playoffs.

He will also visit Southern Miss on Dec. 17-19 and Vanderbilt Jan. 21-23 and has a host of other schools angling for his other two visits.

"Those are the three schools that I am really looking at right now," Russell said. "But I am still open to anyone who thinks I could come to their school and make things happen for them."

Russell, who had 120 tackles as a junior and who runs the 100 yard dash for his school's rack team, got a visit from Arkansas assistant Clifton Ealy on Wednesday night.

"He's a great guy and is telling me a lot about Arkansas that has me excited about getting up there to visit," Russell said. "They are a great SEC team and I think they have a great future that I might like to be a part of."

Russell , who has a 3.4 grade point average and has already posted a 17 on his ACT, thinks he can play early.

"I think if I came to Arkansas I would have a chance to play a lot early because I am more of a playmaker than some of the guys they have there right now," Russell said. "That's very appealing."

Russell will most likely play outside linebacker in college, but doesn't discount the possibility of being in the middle.

"I'm going to get bigger and better," Russell said. "I think I can get it done at the spot a team needs me. I'm looking forward to the next level."

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