Randy Russell committed to Miami a few months ago.
What to Like: The first thing that really jumps out at you when watching Russell is how physical he is. He's a legitimate striker on the football field. There were a handful of plays last season when he knocked opposing ball carriers out of the game with his big hits. He's at his best when he's up near the line of scrimmage and making his physical presence felt. Rusell played on a Carol City team that won a state championship last season so he's used to being in a winning and competitive environment. He also has a pattern of playing his best football in the team's biggest games.
What may concern you: At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, he lacks ideal size for a major college strong safety prospect. He bangs guys around at the prep level but the guys he'll be hitting in college will be bigger, stronger, and more physically mature so it's not unrealistic to think that his big hitting ability won't carry the same weight at the college level. He also lacks ideal speed and athleticism. He ran a 4.75/40 at a Nike Camp and if you don't trust that time you should know that his 11.89/100m time at a district meet last year sort of proves that he simply lacks top notch speed. He can struggle when playing in space and that's something he will have to overcome in college.
Bottom Line: Russell had scholarship offers from schools like Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Michigan State at the time of his commitment to Miami. He is one of three safety prospects currently committed to the Canes in their 2018 class (Joshua Jobe and Gurvan Hall are the other two). He's a gamer, a very physical safety prospect, and a local kid who comes from a winning program. There's a lot to like about Russell as a prospect but there are questions he'll have to answer before being counted on to make a big impact at the major college level.