Russell, who was placed at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy by UNC after he failed to qualify out of Raeford (N.C.) Hoke County, is still waiting to receive the score of his most recent testing of the ACT. The 6-foot-1, 263-pound linebacker expects to receive that score when he returns to Hargrave from the holiday break on Jan. 2.
After returning to Hargrave, Russell will remain on campus for two weeks.
"I'll get my test score back and I'll finish the classes I'm taking and that's about it," Russell said.
Russell is optimistic that he scored high enough on this most recent ACT testing to become qualified.
"I think I got it this time," Russell said. "I wasn't that far off last time. I think I pretty much got it this time."
However, Russell has began to look into an alternative plan if he doesn't qualify.
"My Plan B is to go to East Mississippi Junior College," Russell said.
The last time Russell has spoken to any UNC representative was when assistant coach Ken Browning attended Hargrave's Winter Practice earlier in the month.
"[Browning] really didn't say anything to me," Russell said. "I went up and talked to him. He was just like ‘Hey. How's school?'"
Browning has, though, talked to Hargrave head coach Troy Davis.
"[Browning] told Coach Davis he didn't know what was going on so do what you have to do with [me]," Russell said. "I don't know what that means. I guess I need to open things back up to all the schools. As far as I know I am committed [to UNC], but I haven't heard from them so I don't know what's going on."
Clemson, Georgia, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest have been recruiting Russell, but are all waiting on his test scores before offering him a scholarship. Several Division II schools, though, have offered Russell with Winston-Salem State being the most recent.
Regardless, Russell hasn't taken or scheduled any official visits. He said his hope remains to eventually end up at UNC.