Recruiting fans in the state of Alabama have been watching Jamarcus Russell with intense interest for several years. Some said that he was the best quarterback in the state as a sophomore, and that class included the No. 1 prospect in the nation, Alabama redshirt freshman Brodie Croyle. That is an argument for the message boards. But what is not arguable is that Russell will be one of the most highly sought after signal callers in the nation.
At 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds with a 4.7-second 40-yard dash time, Russell has the physical tools to step in and start right away for most Division 1 teams in the nation. That is a fact that has not been lost on Russell.
"I'd like to go some place where I have a chance to play early," said Russell. "I haven't really started to narrow my list of schools down yet. There are so many of them, that it's going to be tough."
Asked if he had a favorite team growing up he responded, "Yeah, but I eliminated them a long time ago. Florida State signed a bunch of freshman and sophomore quarterbacks, so I'm I took them off of my list already. I'd like to go to some camps this summer. I'm looking at LSU and Tennessee maybe. I'd like to go to the camp at UGA, but I haven't gotten any information from them about their summer camp yet."
Russell led Williamson to the second round of the state 5A playoffs last season, but look for the Russell and company to make a deeper run this season.
"We return almost everybody this year," said Russell. "We run a west coast, multiple set offense. We like to spread it around a lot."
Russell has been talked about by Auburn and Alabama fans for two seasons as one of those "must-have" recruits. Now, as an up and coming senior, Jamarcus Russell is about to be introduced to the rest of the nation.