Profile 2003 - JaMarcus Russell (QB)

JaMarcus Russell is one of the country's top quarterback prospects. He is a big signal caller from Mobile (Ala.) Williamson High School.

One of the nation's finest quarterback prospects is JaMarcus Russell from Mobile (Ala.) Williamson High School. Southerners have heard his name for a few years but now he is a senior to be and a coveted signal caller by everyone in the country. In fact, the national hype started last season when he was one of a few underclassmen invited to participate in the prestigious Elite 11 Camp run by Student Sports.

"That camp made me a better quarterback," said Russell. "It was fun and my fundamentals got better. I came back home level headed but with more confidence in my abilities as a QB."

Russell is big for a quarterback, standing 6-6 and weighing 220 pounds. His father, Bobby Lloyd, played college basketball at Alabama A&M. He himself averages a double-double for his hoops team [12 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists]. Russell is a very good athlete with a strong arm. He also has a confidence about him that all great quarterbacks have.

"When the game is coming down to the final minutes, I will make you happy. I am calm and poised out there. I can pick you apart if you let me. I have confidence in my abilities and an excellent arm."

Last season as a junior, he threw for 1,950 yards and 8 touchdowns. According to Russell, he has scholarship offers from Auburn, LSU, West Virginia and Iowa.

"I am not too concerned with recruiting right now. I will work on it next season and enjoy the rest of my junior year. I am interested in Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Georgia, Grambling, Virginia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Florida. I know I would like to sign with a team that has a balanced offense."

Russell will attend the Nike Camp at Alabama last on this month.

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