Q & A with QB Russell Hemby

Russell Hemby, out of Orangeburg-Wilkerson High School, may be one name you aren't too familiar with just yet. We had the opportunity to speak with Russell about the upcoming season as well as recruiting Sunday afternoon in our latest Q & A session.

Russell Hemby (6'1, 200, 4.6) is quickly moving up the charts as one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the southeast. Last season, he completed 188 of 305 passes (61%) for 1825 yards and 16 touchdowns through the air, and ran for an additional 400 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground.

Hemby is currently listed as a 3-star prospect by theInsiders, but with a wide open offense at Orangeburg-Wilkerson, he'll have the opportunity to make some serious noise this year in the Palmetto state. Russell attends Orangeburg-Wilkerson High, the same school as former Clemson great Woodrow Dantzler.

Here is the latest on one of South Carolina's top high school quarterbacks in our latest Q & A.

Which schools are recruiting you the hardest right now?
Hemby: As of right now, Maryland, East Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

Which camps were you at this summer?
Hemby: I camped at the NIKE camp at Georgia and also at South Carolina and Clemson. Camp was a lot of fun, I got the chance to see a lot of top quarterbacks in South Carolina and the nation. I was really impressed with the facilities at both schools there, and also at Georgia.

Are schools telling you that you'll be playing quarterback, or are you looking at a possible move to the secondary at the next level?
Hemby: I'm playing quarterback right now, and I've been playing since I put a helmet on. The colleges want me as a quarterback, so that's what I'll be playing.

Talk to us a bit about your strengths entering your senior season.
Hemby: Honestly, my passing game is a strong point, but I can run and make plays on the ground too.

Compare your game to Woodrow Dantzler's, do you feel as though you are a better passer than he was at the same point in his career?
Hemby: I think highly of Woody, I could never compare myself to him. Anytime you can throw for 2,000 yards and rush for a 1,000. Thats just excellent, so I could never compare myself to him.

We've read where North Carolina was your top school a couple of months ago, would you still consider the Tar Heels as your favorite entering your senior season?
Hemby: No, I wouldn't say that right now.

Which schools would round out your top 5?
Hemby: I can only go on by who has the most interest in me right now. East Carolina, Maryland, and Vanderbilt are recruiting me the hardest, so it would have to be one those schools.

Will the fact that your brother, Ryan, plays football for Clemson affect your decision one way or another?
Hemby: No I don't think it will.

We'd like to conclude by thanking Russell Hemby for taking the time to speak with us.

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