Russell Hemby will be one of the more talked about athletes to emerge out of the Palmetto State this fall. As a dual-threat quarterback for Orangeburg-Wilkerson High School, Russell has already put up some outstanding numbers.
Russell's stats from his junior season support his coach: 303 passing attempts, 185 completions for 1825 yards, 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Calculating his numbers using the NCAA formula for Passing Efficiency Rating, Russell grades out at 123.79. His rushing totals were: 64 attempts for 403 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
Russell also runs track for the Bruins, were he registered a 10.9 in the 100 meters. He runs on the 4X100 relay team too.
Russell attended the Nike Camp in Athens and posted the following numbers: 6'1"; 199.6 lbs; 28" vertical; 4.6 forty; and 21 reps at 185 lbs. He plans to attend the Clemson, North Carolina, and South Carolina day camps, and the Furman Quarterback Camp.
Hemby has heard from numerous schools at this point, to include: Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, along with others.
He has received one offer to date, and that is from South Carolina State. Russell says despite the fact that many recruiting sites say he is a lock for Clemson or South Carolina, his favorite school is currently the Tar Heels.
Here is his top ten: 1. North Carolina 2. Maryland 3. Clemson 4. North Carolina State 5. East Carolina 6. Georgia 7. Vanderbilt 8. Wake Forest 9. South Carolina 10. Virginia.
In an interview with InsideCarolina, Hemby said, "I plan to attend the one day camp at UNC on the 15th of June. I really hope it works out were I can camp for one day there. I'm just really trying to convince the Carolina Coaches that I could be a player for them."
Looks like North Carolina is the team to beat, but we all know it's still very early in the recruiting process. The Heels could very well have the inside track on Hemby if they want him at quarterback.
Remember though, his older brother Ryan, plays football for Clemson and as we all know, he has a good chance of starting this season in the Tigers' defensive backfield.
Stay tuned for information on Hemby throughout the summer.
Thanks to the folks over at InsideCarolina for their contributions to this report.
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