Everett RB talks Cougs, recruiting

EVERETT RUNNING BACK Keivarae Russell is familiar with the Washington State program. The Cougars were the second school to offer Russell, and the first from a major BCS conference. But the Cougs also look to have some work to do to reach the top of his list.

"I haven't been talking to Washington State too much," said Keivarae Russell. "I talk to the coaches some and they came by my school a while ago to talk with my coaches."

The 5-11, 170 pound tailback likes the prospects of earning early playing time at Washington State. That will not ultimately decide where Russell goes, but it could be a big factor in his final decision.

"I am open to WSU, they are probably not in my top right now," said Russell. "But they were the second team to offer me after Wyoming, so I have a lot of respect for that."

Russell doesn't want to name a leader or even top five at this point, but did point out the programs he feels like are recruiting him the hardest.

"Notre Dame is on me all the time, they want me to come to their camp," said Russell. "Washington is there as well, it is so close that I can go down there whenever I want to. California is also recruiting me pretty hard; those three are probably recruiting me the hardest."

Distance could be a determining factor in his decision. Russell doesn't plan on taking in many camps this summer; instead he is working on trying to schedule as many unofficial visits as possible. He will however, attend some of the camps that are close to home.

"I am going to the Nike camp at Washington, Barton 7on7, UW Rising Star camp and I might try and get down to Cal's camp," said Russell.

While Russell doesn't have the Cougars at the top of his list, there is time to make up ground on the running back rated four stars and No. 20 at his position. He doesn't plan on committing until fall at the earliest.

"I'm not even a year into this process," said Russell. "So I'm not ready to rule anyone out."

Russell isn't ready to make a decision, but would like the make the recruiting process a little more manageable by trimming his list of schools sometime this summer.

"I might cut my list down to ten in the next month or so," said Russell. "Then maybe have a top five by July or August before I cut it to a final three."

picked up an offer from Vanderbilt this past week, raising his scholarship total to sixteen. Russell is the top rated skill position player in the Northwest and has offers from virtually the entire Pac-12 and from schools like Notre Dame and Purdue.

Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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