Kansas coaches a big draw for Russell

Garland (TX) High School quarterback Seth Russell didn't necessarily plan on making a college decision before his senior season. But with the help of prayer and a supportive family, the 6-foot-3 gunslinger opted to put an end to his recruitment Wednesday morning by making the call for Kansas.

When Seth Russell set out to hit the camp circuit this summer, he had a plan in place.

Following a tough junior campaign under center at Garland (TX) High School - one abbreviated by injury - the 6-foot-3 quarterback prospect was determined to get out and prove himself in person.

"I couldn't stop thinking about it," Russell said. "Once my last season was over with, I was so upset about it I couldn't stop thinking about the next year and showing what I can do."

The plan worked. After strong performances at camps with programs such as Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Tulsa, some heavy-hitters were turning interested eyes his way.

But the Jayhawks stepped up with an offer in early June following a stellar outing at their camp, and ever since the Kansas program has been at the forefront of Russell's mind.

"After I talked to (assistant) Coach (David) Beaty about a lot of different things and the opportunities I would get, it just clicked," he said. "I've been praying about it a lot, the Lord has been talking to me and I've been talking to my family about it and they're all for it."

A deeply spiritual young man, Russell said the shared faith with the Kansas staff was a big draw for him. It helped Kansas' cause when current players confirmed to him that it wasn't just a recruiting pitch - they all walked the walk as well.

The talented quarterback is friends with former Garland High standout Jeremiah Edwards - a member of the Class of 2010 who is unable to participate on the field due to a health issue, but remains on scholarship and a part of the team.

"We've been talking," Russell said. "He helped, he swayed it a lot. But Coach Beaty, he was on me all the time, asking how things were going, telling me how I would fit and how the coaches were all talking about me."

Though he originally didn't intend to make a decision until after his senior season had wrapped - hopefully with a state championship ring on his finger - frequent prayer and discussion with his family gave him the peace of mind necessary to call the Kansas coaches this morning with the good news.

"They're very big about being supportive," Russell said, of his family. "We're a very close group and it's a blessing to have such a close family to be supportive."

"It's a big relief off my chest, just to know that I'm gonna be playing somewhere at the next level," he added. "It's awesome."


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