Russo finalized plans for a Saturday visit to see the Scarlet Knights. He expects 1-on-1 time with the coaching staff, and met the opportunity with excitement.
“I went up last season for the Wisconsin game but it was a rainy, cold day and it was packed with a lot of recruits there,” Russo said. “I didn’t really have that 1-on-1 type of situation that I’m going to get this time. I’m excited to go there and sit down with coach [Ben] McDaniels, who is now the OC, and sit down with the other coaches. I want to talk about where I stand with them and where they stand with me and that good stuff.”
Russo does not hold a Rutgers offer, but a solid junior season has him hopeful for more information come Saturday on an unofficial visit.
“I’ve been getting real good vibes. [Associate head coach Norries] Wilson has popped in by my school a few times, and coach McDaniels was in my school a couple of weeks ago. Right when I got there on my visit during the season, I got a lot of love. They sat down and talked to me, and I get a lot of love on Twitter from them. … They have a great fan base too, one of the best in the country. I think it’s very underrated.”
Russo has multiple ties to Rutgers, including former teammate Nick Arcidiacono. He also worked out with running back Desmon Peoples and the medically-retired Brandon Arcidiacono while in middle school.
“I’m friendly with them,” Russo said. “They’re always coming back to Wood in the offseason to work out. I definitely stay in touch with them. They always say, ‘if you want to come check out Rutgers, let me know and I can show you around.’”
Bucknell was Russo’s first offer, and he expects to visit UConn soon.
“It’s nice to get the first one under my belt,” Russo said. “I’m still looking for that first FBS offer. … I really like coach [Joe] Susan. I’ve spoken to him a few times, and it’s always special the place that offered you first.”
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Russo threw for 1,248 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior on the way to a 14-1 season. Russo said he is hard at work in the offseason, and eager for the start of the spring evaluation period.
“Coach [Steve] Devlin and my coaching staff is having some days in the spring where I work out on our field and college coaches can watch me throw,” Russo said. “That way I don’t have to travel around all of these camps. I’m excited to show what I’ve got and hopefully I can get some offers in the offseason.
“… I’m very comfortable in the pocket, but if I have to make some plays with my feet and buy some more time, I definitely can. I’m not just the kind of quarterback that will stand in in the pocket and make a throw. I’m really a pass-first kind of guy.”