"I'm interested in any school that is interested in me," said Russell. "I'm not picky. I just need a school that has the abilities and the coaching to get me to the next level.
"If they have that then it is good enough for me. I know Oklahoma State has that. I like them and they have a good program and they are going to have a good defense this year. They have nice, new facilities and I remember talking to their coaches when I was in high school, and I like them."
Texas apparently will not end up with Russell. "Not since they informed me that they were letting me go. I have not talked to them since," Russell said.
Last season as a freshman, Russell appeared in 10 games with 31 total tackles, 18 unassisted, two tackles for loss and one sack. He also had a fumble caused.
"I had a really good spring," he said. "I had great fun just running around making plays, and there were a few coaches that came through here watching. I don't really notice much. I just want to get out there and have fun playing football."
Russell is especially attractive as he also confirmed that he will graduate in December and will be ready to transfer and be at his new school for the spring semester.