The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Russell, who is rated as Scout.com's No. 19 running back in the 2012 class, is eyeing an official visit to campus.
"I'm thinking about making an official visit there for the USC night game (Oct. 22)," Russell told IrishEyes.com.
A key component in Russell's recruitment is how he will be used. Despite his ability as a ball-carrier, he believes he may not be physically ready to initially absorb the pounding a tailback takes in college, so he is thinking about playing another position as a freshman.
"I love running back. Don't get me wrong. But it may be a little too much, thinking I'm not a 195 (pound) bruiser yet. Maybe during my sophomore year when I'm 185, 190, and I pack on a little more muscle, then maybe I could go back to running back.
"But I want to go to slot for the first year to get used to the speed, the hitting. I can get outside the box a little bit and make people chase me and build my confidence up the first year, and if the coaches feel after that I can move to running back, that's fine."
Russell said the Irish are talking to him about playing a Harvin-type role.
He already built a strong relationship with his recruiting coach, assistant Mike Denbrok, and is also talking to running backs coach Tim Hinton. Both coaches visited Mariner High in the spring.
"Coach Denbrock, he's like a homie," Russell said. "He calls me K-Bomb, and that's what people call me. Every time he Facebook's me, he's like, ‘What's up, K-Bomb? How's everything going?' We talk back and forth, and he shows a lot of enthusiasm, and I show it right back. Our relationship is very strong.
"Coach Hinton, he takes of his running back and players and everyone he coaches. I know coach Denbrock better because he's my recruiting coach. My relationship with coach Hinton will get stronger in the future, but it's pretty strong with both of them."
Russell does not have a time frame for trimming his list, and doesn't expect to make a decision until after his senior season.