|Russell Hemby plays quarterback for the Bruins of Orangeburg-Wilkerson High School in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Russell comes from an excellent football bloodline.|
His father played two years for the Pittsburgh Steelers as a defensive back. His oldest brother, Robert, was a star at South Carolina State as a defensive back and is currently the head coach at Allen University in South Carolina. His older brother Ryan, plays for Clemson and has a good chance of starting this season for the Tigers.
Coach Tommy Brown told Inside Carolina, "Russell is blessed with a lot of talent. I have seen a number of articles comparing Russell to Woody Dantzler (recently signed by the Dallas Cowboys). Woody set up his passing game with the run, excelling at the short passing game. Russell, on the other hand, has a strong arm and likes to throw the deep ball. He has very good running skills, but only runs when he has no other option. He is mature, strong and ready to play the game at the Division I-A level."
Russell's stats from his junior season support his coach: 303 passing attempts, 185 completions for 1825 yards, 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Calculating his numbers using the NCAA formula for Passing Efficiency Rating, Russell grades out at 123.79. His rushing totals were: 64 attempts for 403 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
Russell also runs track for the Bruins, were he registered a 10.9 in the 100 meters. He runs on the 4X100 relay team too.
Russell attended the Nike Camp in Athens and posted the following numbers: 6'1"; 199.6 lbs; 28" vertical; 4.6 forty; and 21 reps at 185 lbs. He plans to attend the Clemson, North Carolina, and South Carolina day camps, and the Furman Quarterback Camp.
Russell has heard from numerous schools at this point, to include: Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, along with others.
He has not received any offers at this time. Russell says despite the fact that many recruiting sites say he is a lock for Clemson or South Carolina, his favorite is the Tar Heels.
Class of 2003 - QB Russell Hemby
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