Shreveport DB waits on big offer

College coaches have been burning up Tracey Russell's telephone during the month of July. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound free safety from Shreveport-Airline likes the attention he is getting.<br><br>He has offers from Ole Miss and West Virginia but he is still waiting on one from his favorite.

"It's the same old, same old," Russell told Tiger Rag. "Lately I've been hearing from Colorado, Columbia, Arkansas, Alabama, West Virginia, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, LSU and Ole Miss. There's a bunch.

LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama and Colorado would be my top five."

Out of that long list of schools, Russell has LSU at the top of his list even though the Tigers have not come forward with an offer.

"LSU stands out above everybody else," he said. "I grew up watching LSU. I love their style of play and I like how coach (Nick) Saban turned things around."

LSU linebackers coach Kirk Doll is handling most of Russell's recruitment and the two have built a solid relationship through the process.

"I get two or three letters a day sometime from LSU," Russell said. "They're telling me I have a good chance of going down there to play. My coach was down there Wednesday with coach Doll and he told me I need to go down there for a camp. They have a couple of other guys they're looking at so they want to see me in person. I'm leaving for their camp tonight (Saturday)."

Whichever school lands Russell, it could be getting him on campus in time for spring practice.

"I'm thinking about graduating early so I can get off to college," said Russell. "I want to get in a program so I can take part in spring practice. That would give me an advantage over the others coming in."

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