Russell still focused on UGA

It surprised some when Dontavius Russell committed to Georgia. Some thought he was a strong lean to Auburn with ties to the program, but the four-star defensive tackle still stands by his decision...

Georgia sent Chris Wilson, their defensive line coach out to watch Dontavius Russell play a few weeks ago.

Wilson calls the UGA commitment once a week, the two have a strong relationship, and the Dawgs continue to recruit the four-star defensive tackle hard.

"Oh yeah, I talk to Georgia every week and me and Coach Wilson have a good relationship," said Russell. "We talk about a lot of things, not just football. I really like him and even though I do not know about him as a coach, he has to be good if he coaches at Georgia."

Wilson and the Dawgs have had Russell on their campus a couple of times this season and he likes what he saw.

"I was at Georgia for the South Carolina and the LSU games, and both were a lot of fun. The crowd was great each game, the games were exciting, and I liked the atmosphere a lot. The team played hard and won two close games."

If Russell sees UGA play again in person, could it be at another school's stadium? He is not ruling that out.

"Auburn has continued to recruit me and Coach [Rodney] Garner has been recruiting me hard for a little while now," said Russell.

"I am not opposed to visiting Auburn, but I have not scheduled anything. I have not really thought about it too much to be honest. They want me to visit, but I am not sure yet. It may be up to my parents and if they want to go over there or not."

Even if the star defensive lineman out of Carrollton, Ga., the Dawgs have to feel pretty good about his commitment.

"I am 100-percent committed to Georgia and that is still the only school I am thinking about right now. UGA is in my state, I like the school, my parents like the school, and it is in the SEC. Georgia is the school I am committed to."

Russell has played a lot of nose guard this season, a position he could end up playing in Athens.

"I this season will really help prepare me for next year. I have been taking on a lot of double-teams, I have learned how to play through those, and I have improved a lot against the run.

"I can play about anywhere on the defensive line and I will be ready to compete and work when I get to Georgia.

Russell is the No. 8 defensive tackle in the country on Scout and the 6-foot-3, 300 pound senior has three sacks this season.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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