"I'm planning on going there (to Wake Forest)," Russell said early this week. "I haven't set it up yet but I do want to do it.
"One of their coaches, I think the linebackers coach, came down and was talking to my coach. He said he wanted me to come meet the coaches and get a chance to see the place."
While most have assumed that North Carolina is the school to beat for Russell -- and with good reason, as he has listed the Heels as his favorite in past interviews on Scout.com sites -- he also grew up keeping a close eye on other schools, so it's by no means a given that he's heading to Chapel Hill.
"I've been liking Wake Forest since I was a little kid. I have a lot of interest in Wake Forest but I just haven't had a chance to visit them yet. They have a nice defense and I've always liked the way they play."
Of course, it would be misleading to say the Tar Heels are in a bad position for Russell. They would seem to be in as strong a position as anyone else at this stage and he's still talking a good bit about the school.
"They had come to my school right before we got out and we talked," he said of the UNC staff. "I went up there the day after their junior day and met Butch Davis. I really enjoyed myself out there."
Though Russell plans on visiting Wake Forest he said his next trip would probably be to Alabama. He will have plenty of time to visit all the schools he wants, as he doesn't plan on making his decision known until after his football season is over and he has taken his official visits.
Location may not be a huge factor in Russell's decision, but it could have an impact on it.
"I don't have a problem leaving the area," he explained. "But I want to be able to come back (home) when I can. I don't want to be too close (to home) but I don't want to be too far either."