Southern Miss will be adding a QB next season as Tyler Russell of Niceville, FL, made public today that he'll be taking a preferred walk-on to the program.
Russell is not only a pretty good quarterback on the field, but he's won a lot of accolades for his leadership both on and off the field. He was named as a Northwest FL panhandle all area team as a senior, and also was awarded the Taylor Haugen Trophy given by Danny Wuerffel as the most prestigious award an athlete in the Florida panhandle can receive. It is given to just one athlete in all sports that represents positive character traits.
Russell, who is 6'1, 200, was being recruited by Coach Monken and his staff before their departure. After Monken left, Russell was not sure where he stood with the Golden Eagles.
"I was in the recruiting process with the staff before Monken left and after he did leave, things were uncertain pertaining to my status," he told GoldenEaglePride.com this afternoon.
"Coach Lindsey and Coach Meadows were recruiting me. However, after the coaching change, I got in contact with Coach Hopson and we got things squared away. I will be meeting the team and coaching staff on the 24th and I'm sure we'll discuss my plans at that time."
Russell also has ties to Southern Miss, which initiated his interest in the program.
"My grandfather is an alum and I really liked the campus a lot when I took an academic tour last summer," he said.
"The tour is why I decided to attend a USM football prospect camp and they seemed to like me a lot. USM has been my college of choice for a while now. I'm happy to be heading to Southern Miss and am looking forward to the next four years."
Russell also played safety in high school but said he has always been recruited as a Quarterback.