Russell Relishes Early Exposure

Kyle Russell had the chance to observe his brother, Tyler Russell's, recruitment two years back. While Kyle will look to blaze his own trail, he has the benefit of knowing what he needs to do to market himself. Kyle was one of over a dozen players who had the chance to be a part of Team Mississippi in the Badger Sport 7-on-7 tournament series. Kyle was thrilled to take part.

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"It meant a lot to me," said Kyle of his inclusion on the squad. "I am young and most players my age don't get to experience playing in an event like this."

Russell reports that he learned a lot from competing, but also from observing some of the nation's most established prospects.

"I learned that there is a lot of improvement that can be made," said Kyle. "If I rated myself on a scale of 1-10, I would say I was probably an eight."

In addition to having the chance to compare himself against some of the region and nation's top quarterback prospects, Russell is grateful for the chance to get his name out there early in his career.

"Having this opportunity this early in my career will only give me more experience for later in my recruitment," explained the 6-4 signal caller.

The chance to get to know some of the top players in his home state of Mississippi was an added benefit for the Meridian native.

"What I liked best about it all was being able to play with new people from around where I am from and seeing what they can do," said Kyle.

Russell watched older brother Tyler win a 5A state championship his senior year. If the Wildcats win another title in the next few years it will be with signal caller with a different surname.

Kyle and his family recently made the difficult decision to transfer from Meridian High to West Lauderdale.

"Going to West Lauderdale was strictly an academic decision that my parents made," said Russell. "I trust their decision and look forward to the change.

"I love Wildcat football and I have a lot of respect for Coach Weems. I have a real bitter sweet feeling about leaving.

"I know it is going to be something different for me football wise because they run a different type of offense at West Lauderdale.

"They are a team that likes to run the football, but I hope they add a few more passing plays because I am a throwing quarterback. I hope I can go there and lead them to a state title."

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