After a season that saw him run for close to 1000 yards, catch for nearly 500 yards and score 15 touchdowns, Donald Russell has turned his attention to choosing a college. At this point, the contenders are Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee and Rutgers. So what will the lucky school get if Russell chooses them? "He's a strong back. He's 5-foot-11, 210-pounds. He's got great hips and great moves. He really doesn't have a weakness as far as running," said Jack Daniels.
"He needs to realize that at the next level, the speed is going to be different," said Daniels. "He won't be able to re-direct plays. He's just going to have to hit the holes," said Daniels.
Individually Russell had a great season and his numbers are even more impressive when you realize that he played corner full-time and running back mostly down the stretch. "He was great for us this year," said Daniels. "He averaged about nine yards a carry. He probably had 1000 yards. He was also our best defensive back, playing full-time at corner on defense," Daniels continued. "He got the ball in tight situations. He averaged 180 yards a game on offense in the playoffs."
Russell hasn't named any favorites yet, but the draw of playing in the SEC is something that has his attention. "I think he's wide open right now. The SEC is appealing because it's the best conference. He really likes coach (Rick) Petri. Kentucky is a great opportunity for Donald," said Daniels.
Russell visited Southern Mississippi this weekend. Next weekend he'll be at Kentucky. The weekend following that he'll be visiting Rutgers. "I think he'll take all his visits, unless one of these schools just shows him exactly what he's looking for. I'd encourage him to take all the visits."