Russell wants to compete at the highest level

One of the top playmakers in the state of Washington and on the Husky coaching staff's recruiting board is Mariner (Everett, Wa.) RB Keivarae Russell and this past Sunday he was on the Husky Stadium turf, competing with players from up and down the west coast. The talented back spoke with afterwards and said he's not afraid of competition...

"This was a really fun event," Russell said after receiving MVP honors. "There were a bunch of great players out here competing a the highest level and that's what it's all about. It's fun."

Russell said his goals were to come out and show the national media what he could do when he went up against the best the region could throw at him.

"I'm confident in what I can do, but I feel like people are always doubting me, so getting out here and competing with guys the caliber that were out here was great," Russell said. "I just wanted to get out here, show what I could do and I wanted to get MVP and I did that, so overall it was a successful thing for me and I think it was great for all of us to get together and learn some things."

Russell has fast become one of the top backs recruited out of the state of Washington since Jonathan Stewart back in 2005.

"It's always an honor to be compared to someone like him, but I'm my own player and I have my own style," Russell said. "I'm just a playmaker. I like to get the ball in my hands and help my offense out however I can. If that means they use someone else more because the defense is keying on me, then that's fine."

A lot of eyebrows were raised a bit when an interview with a different network showed him saying he wanted to play out of the slot so that he "wouldn't get hit, however, Russell said that isn't what he meant to say.

"I didn't mean it that way at all," Russell said with a bit of a smile. "All I said was that I wanted to start out playing out of the slot so I could get used to getting hit by guys at that level.

"I mean, look at me, I'm not very big right now. I need to get bigger and add more muscle and size. I know that and the coaches recruiting me know that, so it wasn't that I didn't want to get hit, it's just that I want to be able to ease my way into it so that I can help my team as much as possible."

Speaking of recruiting, Russell said three schools are standing out with the attention they are giving him.

"Right now it's Washington, Notre Dame and Cal that are coming after me the hardest," Russell said. "They all keep showing me how much they want me and they really like what I could add to their offense.

"Each one has special things about them and I love the coaches at each school.

"I'm not going to decide early. I want to take my visits and then decide after I get all the information I can get."

As a two-year starter for Mariner, Russell has amassed 3,000 yards and 50 touchdowns from his running back positon while also posting over 60 tackles and four interceptions in that time as a corner on defense.

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