Russell ready to get started

After admittedly making a bad decision to ride a scooter without a helmet, Mariner (Everett, Wa.) RB Keivarae Russell told that he's learned a lesson after missing his team's opening game last week with a minor concussion. Now, he's focused on moving forward and that includes the recruiting process which has definitely picked up since September 1st...

"I was just being dumb and I was riding a scooter without a helmet," Russell told recently. "I just was going too fast and I lost control of it and bumped my head and that was what caused my concussion, but it was really minor.

"I passed all of the tests a week ago -- balance, eyes -- all that stuff, but my coaches decided it was better to let me rest another week so I missed last week (a 42 - 12 loss to Arlington) and now I'm back and ready to get it started."

Having learned that lesson, Russell has been diligent in getting back on the field for the Marauders and will play his first game of the season against Mount Vernon tonight.

"I've been flying around, hitting people," Russell said happily. "I'm just so thankful to get back out there. I've been hyped up all week and this will be my last season, so I want to make it a good one."

In addition to school and practice, Russell has also been dealing with things on the recruiting front, including calls from coaches from across the country.

"I've gotten calls from most of the schools that have been recruiting me from the beginning," Russell noted. "Washington called, Utah, Cal, Notre Dame, a lot of them actually.

"It's been good, but it's tough with schoolwork and then my team and making sure I'm doing everything I can to have a great senior year and then I get calls from coaches during the day and at night.

"I've been averaging about two or three hours of sleep a night, so I'm exhausted, but it's all good. I'll be fine."

Russell was at Washington's game last week against Eastern Washington and he said there is a chance he will be at Montlake this coming weekend for their battle against Hawaii.

"Honestly, I thought they didn't play all that bad, but it was a close game," Russell said. "Eastern is a good team. They play a tough style to defend, so I thought U-Dub did well and they made the plays when they needed to.

"I got to spend time talking to the coaches and just take things in there on the sidelines. It was a lot of fun for me to be there.

"I'm not sure about this weekend, whether I will make it down or not, but if I can make it, I will be there. It should be a great game."

Russell maintains he still plans to take all of his trips and that Washington will get his final official visit, but he still hasn't even set up his first trip, so he's unsure when those will happen.

"With things being so hectic, it's been hard to really start even thinking about that right now," Russell said. "It's all good though. I'll take a couple during the season and a couple afterwards and then I will decide."

We will continue to keep track of Russell and will update things as they happen, both on and off the field.

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