Scout.com four-star running back (No. 24) Keivarae Russell out of Everett (WA) Mariner High School pledged Irish over hometown program Washington giving the Irish the second running back needed in the class.
WHAT TO LIKE
Notre Dame pulling another top prospect out of the West is big in future recruiting for Kelly and the Irish. On the field there is much to like about Russell when you look at how he'll fit in the Irish offense. At 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, Russell is capable of not only running the ball, but also coming out of the backfield to line up in the slot and catch the ball.
WHAT MAY CONCERN YOU
One film the first thing that stands out is Russell is more of a finesse player than power player. On many plays Russell goes down on first contact. However, maturity and coaching will help Russell improve in this area. Some feel there are questions about durability and that is something only time will prove if this is an issue or not.
Irish fans were questioning if the Irish were going to limp into the final weeks before signing day. Russell's pledge shows the Irish are far from finished in getting top level talent in the class. On the field Russell is the type of skill player the Irish need in this class. Capable of catching the ball out of the backfield or lining up in the slot, Russell has the skills to excel in Kelly's offense using his speed and breakaway abilities.