Russo stayed focused on baseball through March, but his recruitment continues to heat up heading into the spring evaluation period.
“It’s been good,” Russo said. “I picked up an offer from UConn since then, but I haven’t had a chance to go on any more visits because of baseball.”
Russo plans to work around his responsibilities as a pitcher on the baseball team for multiple spring recruiting visits.
“Multiple coaches have been checking in throughout each week [from Rutgers],” Russo said. “I have great relationships with all of them. I’m heading up there for a spring practice soon. … I haven’t set a date, but I should [also] be heading to Pitt soon because they’re pushing me to come visit.”
Rutgers hosted Russo multiple times as an underclassman, but invited him for a spring practice for an in-depth look at the offense under new coordinator Ben McDaniels and chance to see former Archbishop Wood stars Desmon Peoples and Nick Arcidiacono.
“[I want to see] just how they run their on-field stuff and how coach McDaniels runs the offense [and] how high tempo the practices are and all of that,” Russo said.
Russo picked up his Connecticut offer during an unofficial visit where coach Bob Diaco impressed.
“I visited and I loved the staff,” Russo said. “They were all welcoming, and it’s a family-type atmosphere, which I loved. They’re a program on the rise.”
With offers from Rutgers, Connecticut and Bucknell, Russo does not see a decision coming soon.
“I definitely don’t want to commit until after the spring evaluation period because I have a lot of schools coming to watch me throw in the spring,” he said. “I’m hoping to pick up the majority of my offers then.”