In 2008, the 6-3, 284-pounder began the season at defensive end, but was quickly moved to tackle after two games where he was dominant at times earning 27-3A first team all-district.
After the football season, Russell moved to the hardwood where he again earned first team all-district after honorable mention all-district as a freshman on the varsity.
Not many 280-pounders can make the claim of first team all-district honors in the football field and basketball court in any classification.
As expected, college programs have found their way to Sam Houston high to check out the talented junior-to-be. One of which is the Texas Longhorns, who played host to the quick-footed tackle prospect on Sunday.
"Yes sir, I attended the Texas camp Sunday," said Russell. "It was excellent. I got to show the coaches what I've got. They had me playing two technique in drills and I played some nose guard too."
Russell said the entire day was a treat from start to finish.
"We walked around for a while when we got there. After a talk, we went to stretch in the bubble and then ran 20's and the 20-yard shuttle. After that we did some drills and went to eat lunch. After lunch, we went back to the field and went through one on one's. I loved that part," Russell said.
One of the highlights of the day was Mack Brown talking to Russell about the future.
"He was talking to me telling me to keep my grades up, get stronger and quicker. He told me they are interested in me," Russell said.
At the present, Russell doesn't have any camp plans set, but he has his eye on two.
Russell lists the Miami Hurricanes as his childhood favorite because they have the same colored uniforms that Sam Houston sports.
Senior-to-be running back E.J. Perkins accompanied Russell at Sunday's camp.