It looked as if LSU was through at
the tight end position after getting commitments from Mitch Joseph and Jordan Hammond but the Tigers landed another one when Round Rock (
The big 6-4, 220-pounder took an
unofficial trip to LSU last week to wrap up a whirlwind tour that included stops
What was it that convinced him that LSU was the place to be?
"LSU was a place that would give me
a chance to be an All-American and to hopefully get to the NFL," said Russian,
who selected the Tigers over offers from
"They play in the best conference in the SEC and I thought the college lifestyle there would be great."
Russian said that he made the decision last Wednesday and he got some good advice from someone who has guided him through the recruiting process.
"After a long meeting with my dad I decided that LSU felt like home and was the place to be," said Alex. "I got to know coach Henson, coach Porter and coach Miles, and they are all great guys.
"My dad really related well with
coach Miles and that helped. I know coach Miles went to
Russian did not get many chances to showcase his receiving skills in Round Rock's offense because it ran the ball 80 percent of the time.
He posted only seven receptions for 110 yards and three scores but that did nothing to hurt his stock in the eyes of the LSU staff.
"Coach Porter said that I'd be a good fit for their offense because I'm real athletic and can get downfield," Russian said. "I was kind of worried that they wouldn't have room for me because of the other two guys they already had but coach Porter said that they would wait on me and that they had a spot."
In addition to playing tight end, Russian is also a talented deep snapper and that may have helped raise his stock a little.
"They love my deep snapping ability and they are real impressed with that," Russian said.
With Russian's pledge, LSU's
commitment total is up to 11 and four hail from outside of