Physical Florida safety Randy Russell picks up Indiana offer

2018 Miami (Fla.) Carol City product Randy Russell spoke with about his offer from Indiana, his first from a Big Ten program.

2018 safety Randy Russell had 8 offers before Thursday morning. By Thursday night, he had 12 - including one from Indiana.

Russell was offered by IU on Thursday, his first Big Ten offer in his recruitment.

"I was overwhelmed by it being my first," Russell told Thursday night. 

In addition to the Hoosiers' offer, Russell also picked up offers from Florida Atlantic, Pittsburgh, Iowa State and Middle Tennessee State. He also has offers from Ball State, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Temple, UCF and Western Michigan.

Each of those schools likely came away impressed by the physicality they saw on film which allows the 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety out of Miami (Fla.) Carol City High School  to play inside or outside of the box. 

"I have the ability to be a 3 down safety," Russell said. "In spread sets I can come down and cover. Can also play in the box & I will hit you."

The physicality gives him a competitive edge, the same competitiveness he saw in Indiana this past year.

Russell had the chance to watch the Indiana-Ohio State game back in early October, where the Hoosiers fell just short of a potential upset before a national television audience. He came away impressed by what he saw. 

"They competed that game," Russell said. "You could tell they were playing the team and not their name." 

Plenty of names and programs want Russell. But with Indiana being his first Big Ten offer, he's hoping to get to know the school and coaching staff better. 

"As Indiana being my only Big Ten," he said, "I would like to get to know the school more and maybe get a visit this summer." Top Stories