Hemby Still Waiting?

Orangburg-Wilkinson QB Russell Hemby put up some awfully strong numbers this year, despite being sidelined with a broken finger. Have more schools started jumping on the bandwagon entering December?

QB Russell Hemby
6-1, 200, 4.5
Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
Orangeburg, South Carolina

O-W quarterback Russell Hemby has put together a strong season this year, and despite tons of mail and weekly phone calls, he has yet to receive his first Division I-A scholarship offer.

"I think my senior went okay, I really wish that I could have had a chance to accomplish some team goals, but I threw for 1526 yards with only 3 interceptions (all in one game) and 18 touchdowns. I was also fortunate enough to make the North-South All-star game," said Hemby.

Unfortunately, Hemby was forced to miss some action on the field with a fracture on his throwing hand.

"I only played in seven games due to a fracture in my index finger on my throwing hand. I hit a blitzing linebacker's helmet on the scout team one day during practice," Hemby added.

What about recruiting? The last time CUTigers.com had the chance to speak with Russell, he indicated three schools were hot in pursuit- Maryland, East Carolina, and Vanderbilt. Is that still the case today?

"Actually still none of those teams have offered me yet. I think at the quarterback position it's a little harder to get those offers because you really only need to sign about 3every 5 years. All I can do is keep on working hard and staying on top of the books," said Hemby.

At one time, it appeared as though Russell might have the opportunity to play along side his brother, CB Ryan Hemby, at Clemson. Now, it looks as though that might not happen.

"Well that's totally up to Clemson," Hemby said. "I haven't heard to much of anything from them lately, so maybe there not recruiting me anymore I'm not sure. They must not be keying on any top QB's in South Carolina."

Russell, attended the Clemson-Maryland game this past Saturday in Death Valley. During his time in Tiger Town, he had the opportunity to talk with Maurice Nelson, a prime Tiger recruit at the rover position.

"Yeah, we talked. Maurice is a great guy," said Hemby.

The senior quarterback will have one more golden opporunity to showcase his talents in the North-South All-Star game in December. With a strong performance, he could easily obtain some of the offers that have alluded him up to this point.

We will continue to keep you updated on Russell Hemby through signing day in February.

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