Fast forward two years later. Russell is back on the recruiting radar as one of the top junior college defensive tackles in the nation. Russell has already visited Texas Tech, but this weekend he will make a trip back to a previously visited place.
"Yes I am going to Nebraska this weekend," Russell said in a text message to BigRedReport.com.
Russell has seen Lincoln before. As a senior in high school he took the trip to Nebraska to see the Huskers' spring game. He came away impressed with his visit two years ago.
"Nebraska offered me in high school, but they called me last week and offered me again. I went to their spring game when I was a senior.
"Their spring game blew my mind. They had a sellout crowd for a spring game and most of the people knew who I was everywhere I went.
"The atmosphere up there was just lovely. I got to walk out on the field before the game on the red carpet. I really liked it up there."
Russell has been holding his offer from Nebraska since about August. Russell will have three years to play two at the next level. Russell also says that he will be available to transfer in the spring to enroll early.