Russell Following In Robinson's Footsteps

Defensive end Tripp Russell won't have far to go next year when he heads off to college. That's because the Winston-Salem native will sign a Letter of Intent on Wednesday to attend Wake Forest University in his hometown.

Tripp Russell, a 6'2.5, 225-pound defensive lineman, is in the mold of current Demon Deacon defensive end Matt Robinson, an "undersized" player who has more than held his own at the college level. "I like the fact that he has shown people that you don't have to be 6'5''+ and over 250 to play D1 defensive end," Russell noted. "Matt has really disproved that stereotype."

At the high school level, Russell had a great career and hopes to bring that same success to the next level. "Tripp has been an outstanding player and student here," said Mount Tabor Coach Bob Sapp. First let met say that Tripp has been a leader in the classroom and off the field."

"On the field, he has a motor that doesn't stop," Sapp continued. "That's his biggest attribute. He's constantly going and when the whistle blows at the end of the play, he's always there around the ball. Sometimes he's making the tackle."

Over the course of his career at Mount Tabor, Russell has been named All-Conference three years, All-Northwest North Carolina his junior and senior seasons, and was a three year starter at Mount Tabor. Russell was also named All-State his senior year, was the second leading tackler at Mount Tabor as a sophomore and junior, and led the team in tackles his senior season.

According to Russell, he is currently working out as he prepares for college football. "I'm training right now, lifting weights/running those type [of] things," Russell said. He plans to enroll at Wake Forest for the 2nd summer session.

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