Russell Earns First Offer at Camp

Ryan Taylor wasn't the only recruit representing Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor High School during Wake Forest's one-day camp Sunday. Tripp Russell, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound defensive end/linebacker, also was on hand in hopes to earn his first scholarship offer.

"I went to their camp today," Tripp Russell said on Sunday. "There was a pretty good show of players. We did the combine first, and then we did position drills. I worked with Coach ‘Mack' [Ray McCartney] a lot and then Coach [Brad] Lambert with linebackers."

Just like Taylor, Russell's performance at the camp earned him a Demon Deacons' offer.

"I got home from [the camp] today and Coach [Bob] Sapp – my head coach – called my dad and then called me and said Wake wanted to offer me a scholarship," said Russell. "I was really excited to hear that, Wake's really high on my list.

"You can't beat the college experience there – especially playing football. There's not a bad thing about Wake Forest and their coaching staff, I really like their coaching staff – they're a great group of guys."

Currently, Russell favors North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Virginia, but revealed that the Demon Deacons are the closest thing to a leader.

"Wake is right up there, if they're not the top they are right up there," said Russell. "This is my first scholarship offer and that means a lot to me as far as someone going ahead in being interested in me and making that kind of commitment. Wake is one of my top choices if not my top and I just want to give it a little more time to see how things go. I can definitely see myself playing at Wake Forest, but I have a couple more camps."

Russell heads to North Carolina's three-day camp Monday and will also camp at Virginia Tech and Clemson. He is also in the process of setting up an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt.

Russell is hoping to have a decision made before his senior football season, where he will start at middle linebacker after manning the rush defensive end position the past two years.


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