"Things are way better now," Russell said about Ole Miss. "Me and coach (Matt) Luke have grown tighter since I took my last visit there for their junior day. We have just gotten a lot tighter now. I'm also talking to coach (Dave) Wommack a lot. We have been going over how they would use me in their defense. He wants me to start out at Stinger (linebacker). Now I feel like I have a comfortable relationship with those guys. We see each other and just have that connection."
The last visit to Ole Miss gave him a behind the scene look into their program.
"It was great. I got a chance to meet all of their coaches and build a relationship with everybody. Like I said, I have been talking to them a lot since I visited. They came and watched me practice the other day. Their interest in me has really picked up. I also got a chance to tour the academic center. I just got a better look at the college, inside out. I only live 40 minutes down the road from their campus, but I've never got an inside look at everything until this past trip. I really got a better feel for their academic programs and how everything is run academically."
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker would like to major in Accounting.
"That's what I'm leaning towards. I think there are some classes I'll have to take before I declare my major. I spoke to Ole Miss about it, and they said I could branch off to another major after I get my basic classes in. I'm really looking into my major because I have to get a good job. Football will end one day. At all of these colleges I'm looking into their business school. Ole Miss told me they would be in an internship program so I can get a leg up in the work force. They showed me the different athletes that went through their business program and how successful they were when they got into the work force."
The visit to Ole Miss obviously moved the Rebels up his pecking order.
"Everybody is just family there. I sat in the team meeting and listened to coach Freeze. He talked about football, but it was mostly about how to become a better man. Just seeing him talking about being an uncommon man hit home in a good way. He told you that you treat women with respect and your authorities and elders with respect. But most of all he's all about God and making sure you have a deep conviction with the man above. That's what stands out about Ole Miss the most to me the most."
The Rebels have yet to offer but one could be on the way.
"They just want me to come run the 40 for them. They watched my film and loved me. It's really all they want to see."
The offer list continues to grow.
"Memphis, Southern Miss, MTSU, Missouri, California, and Kansas have offered me so far."
Missouri was the first SEC offer.
"They told me they liked my style of play and how aggressive I am. They like how I stick my nose in everything. That's what they like about me most. They are ready to get me up there on a visit. I haven't set up anything yet, but I would like to see their campus and meet all of their coaches."
California has signed multiple players from Mississippi over the past could of years and are looking to do the same for the 2017 class.
"I haven't been up to Cal, but their coaches are always tweeting me and talking about their school. They told me they have the No.1 Business program in the country. I spoke to their defensive coordinator the other day, and he told me they like how aggressive I play. They said I'm exactly what he's looking for."
What's on tap next?
"I'm going to Memphis and USM next. Both of them have been coming after me really hard. I'm going to go over there and talk to their coaches."
Yancy Porter is the Ole Miss recruiting analyst for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.