Russell Trips to Athens

ATHENS – Carrollton defensive lineman Dontavius Russell thought it would be a bit easier than this.

"All of the offers are making it difficult," he said after returning from Georgia's junior day over the weekend. "I thought I would have one offer jump out to me. I just don't want to make the wrong decision. I does make you worry a little. All of the schools are in the same place right now. I just want to see as many schools as possible in order to make the right decision."

Those offers? Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, USC, Georgia Tech and Stanford.

The Bulldogs offered in a way that got Russell's attention, however.

"Georgia offered a few weeks ago," he said. "I was not expecting it. I just walked into the room, and Coach Wilson to me that Georgia is going to offer me. That meant a lot to me to come to my school and offered me. They didn't just send me an offer letter."

Wilson and Georgia have been impressed with Russell's ability to move on the defensive line, he said. Russell said he spent a lot of time during the short trip to Athens getting to know Wilson more.

"I had a good time. I liked it. I got to meet with Coach Wilson. He seemed real interested in things other than football," Russell said. "That's important to me. I want to be successful in life beyond football."

"Coach Wilson seems like he cares more than just about football. He wants to get to know me more as a person – not just a football player. They were telling me that they are doing things the right way – the Georgia way. I just took that as doing things the right way."

The bond formed with Wilson early in the recruiting process won't move Russell to make his decision any faster, he said.

"I plan on being patent. I don't want to rush into a commitment, or a coach that I want to commit to might not be there any more. I don't want to rush anything," Russell said.

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