4-star RB Russell Trims to Two, Sets Date

Mariner High (Everett, Wash.) four-star running back Keivarae Russell trimmed his extensive offer list to a pair of schools, and he will announce his decision next week at his high school. Find out more of what is going on inside.

While a few handful of players will use the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to declare their college choice, Mariner High (Everett, Wash.) four-star running back Keivarae Russell decided to get it over with before he heads to San Antonio.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Russell texted IrishEyes.com to say he trimmed his list to Notre Dame and Washington, and to say he was announcing next week.

"(At) my high school, most like next Thursday," Russell said of his announcement plans. "Not sure of the time yet (but) will get all that soon."

Russell made official visits to both schools and received visits this month from members of each coaching staff, although neither head coach visited yet.

And while Mariner High is 20 miles north of Husky Stadium, coach John Ondriezek said he doesn't think Russell will succumb to the pressure to play for the home school if he does not want to.

"Obviously, the University of Washington is recruiting him hard, but with class," Ondriezek said. "Very impressed with their coaching staff in their recruiting process, as well as the other schools.

"There hasn't been (pressure to stay home) because Keivarae is an extremely intelligent young man and we have a lot of confidence he's going to make a decision he feels is in the best of him and his family, and his future."

Notre Dame and Washington are recruiting Russell as an athlete on offense. He has the ability to play in the backfield, line up in the slot and work in the return game.

"He's versatile as a football player," Ondriezek said. "In a spread offense he can be out in the slot. He can do a lot of damage when he gets that football. He's a little more than 180 pounds, more than 6-foot, and he's also going to put on some weight. He can be a good running back.

"Anyone that is recruiting him right now is recruiting him as an athlete, mainly an offensive athlete."

Russell has made a decision, but wants to wait another week to make sure it is the right one.

"For someone that just turned 18, it's a big decision," Ondriezek said. "But we've talked about it. …Keivarae knows what you do once you get out of school makes a big difference in who you are."

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