Scout.com's top-ranked shooting guard didn't know a late offer waited for him out west. They may be late to the party, but Andy Enfield and his new coaching staff at USC didn't waste any time jumping in on the recruitment of Russell.
"It was unexpected," Russell said at the EYBL.
Russell and his teammates were given a tour of the USC campus and its basketball facilities by the USC staff. The Florida-product didn't take long to mention the noticeable California climate after his visit. "I love the weather," he explained. "It was a big campus."
Enfield, a former coach at Florida Gulf Coast, is a bit of an unknown to Russell - but he says the new USC head coach and his staff left a good impression of themselves and the direction of the program. "[The] coaches are cool," Russell said. "Their style of play seems like a good fit for how I play."
The 2014 recruit's offer list is long and distinguished and he's making no attempt right now to narrow it down or leave anyone out of the race. "My recruitment is wide open and if anyone comes in late, early, it doesn't matter. I can go anywhere."
Russell won't even go so far to name his offers, knowing too much can be read into him forgetting one school or another. "I don't have a list or what not, I kind of leave it - I let them contact my dad and I just focus on school right now."
Russell says no timeline has been set to narrow his list or make a decision.