IE Breakdown: Keivarae Russell

We give our breakdown of Notre Dame running back pledge Keivarae Russell.


HT – WT – SPEED :Listed at 6-foot, 180-pounds, Keivarae Russell is still a work in progress as he'll gain weight and thickness in the coming years under Paul Longo and crew. There is no question Russell has speed.

QUICKNESS – AGILITY – BALANCE : On film these three areas stick out as Russell shows quick feet along with the ability to keep his balance coming out of spin moves.

BODY FLEXIBILITY : Like the look of Russell in this area as he's a natural bender and has good body adjustment from a football standpoint.

STRENGTH : We fully expect Russell to add strength during his career at Notre Dame. However, right now we like his ability to recoil in his lower body. In a short amount of time Russell will have both strength and explosion and that equals more power.

DURABILITY : This is a question mark when breaking down Russell overall. He missed games this past season due to injury and must show he can stay healthy and play with more toughness at the college level.

PRODUCTION : Always remember this area is not about gaudy stats and more about the skill level a player has on the field. Russell's a player who makes things happen on his own and within a system. His ability to play multiple positions gives him an extra value at the college level.


A player capable of playing multiple positions makes for a safe recruit in the college game. Russell can be a top level running back or be moved outside and catch passes. With the ability to cut-back with a quick burst, Russell is capable of taking a normal run play in the zone scheme and turn it into a long touchdown run. The ability to come out of the backfield and catch the ball in Kelly's offense allows for a player to provide big-play excitement. However, Russell must improve on getting yards after contact at the college level to fully reach his full potential.


Getting a player of Russell's abilities away from the Pacific Northwest is a major recruiting haul for Kelly and crew. Given the fact Russell will be looked to provide the lightning to William Mahone's power, and the Irish have pulled in a great one-two punch for the 2012 class. Top Stories