"I tore my ACL several months ago, before the season, so I missed all my senior year," Russell said. "That was tough. I was really excited for my senior season and our team had a good season and I wanted to be out there with them."
Russell says he's close to 100-percent and ready to start basketball season.
"My knee is getting close to 100 percent and I feel like I'm ready to play basketball now," he said. "We'll see how it holds up but I'm ready."
While a lot of schools backed off in recent months due to the injury, three are still actively recruiting him and he talked about that.
"I went to Rutgers for a visit, I liked it a lot. I met a lot of the players, saw the campus and town. It was a lot of fun," he said. "(Cousin and former teammate) Kenneth Kirksey plays there now. They tell him how much they want me up there."
Another major program from inside the state of Florida is still in the mix as well, although Russell hasn't gotten offered from them yet.
"Miami wants to see me play in a basketball game," he said. "I'm probably going to play in my first game right when school starts back up. They need a tight end and I like the history of tight ends they've had down there."
Russell, who says FIU still calls and may also get a visit, talked about what he's looking for in a school.
"Schools are still considering me, it's just going to come down to where I feel is the best place for me," he said. "I wanna see what Miami's gonna do."
Inside the classroom Russell claims a 3.2 GPA and an 1150 SAT score.