During Jim Harbaugh’s time at Michigan, he has clearly made it a priority to recruit top talent out of South Beach.
On Tuesday, Miami (Fla.) Carol City 2018 safety Randy Russell became one of the latest south Florida standouts to receive an offer from the Wolverines.
In fact, U-M assistants Brain Smith and Devin Bush extended the offer to Russell, who raved about his latest offer from the Wolverines to The Michigan Insider.
“They said they were interested in me and they wanted to offer,” he recalled. “That pretty much set it off from there. Michigan is big, that really made my day.”
While Michigan didn’t become Russell’s leader, he admits the offer alone still standouts in his recruitment.
“I’m looking at everybody right now,” he said. “My list is open. Schools like Michigan standout, that’s just a once in a lifetime offer.”
Russell, who made his first trip to Ann Arbor last summer, says his plan is now get back up U-M for unofficial visit again this summer.
“Pretty much I would I like a chance to meet the rest of the coaches,” he said. “I would like to watch practices and see how things are around there. Obviously I want to check out the school and see the campus. I’ve pretty much seen everything else, I pretty much want to see how the practices are like.”
Along with Michigan, Russell has already been on campus visits to Michigan State, Illinois and Notre Dame among others. He also plans to go to Florida for junior day, which is held annually today, and will be visiting Miami next Saturday for its junior day as well.
Russell also added that distance will not play a factor in his recruitment.
“Distance is actually not a factor,” he said. “Before any of the schools from Miami or Florida started recruiting me, I actually I had my mindset on going away. And that hasn’t really changed. I’m still considering the schools from Florida. I’m all for going away from school. It won’t be a factor.”
As far a decision timeline, Russell adds that his future college choice may be on the horizon.
“It could happen really soon, sooner than you think,” he said. “That’s all I can say. I will be enrolling early, so it will definitely be soon.”