Late Addition

As reported last week on this site, junior college defensive back Chaz Russell has committed to West Virginia and will join the team this weekend.

Confirming his comments from last week, Chaz Russell took the final step in his path to becoming a Mountaineer.

"I made the commitment today," Russell said from California, where he is finishing up his course work. "I finish up my last three classes on Thursday, and I will be there on Sunday.

"Right now, everything looks good with me qualifying. I will be there and be ready to play."

Russell, a talented cornerback who could end up being one of the steals of WVU's class, will have to make up for lost time. West Virginia will have finished two weeks of practice by the time Russell makes it in to camp, but he isn't fretting over that factor.

"I just have to work hard, listen to everything the coaches say, and have them teach me everything they can. Then I have to go 100% on every play. That's all I can do."

Russell is also looking forward to getting to know his new teammates better. During his visit to West Virginia last weekend, he only had the chance to speak briefly with his soon-to-be backfield compatriots.

"I did get to talk with a couple of them, but they were getting ready for practice, and on the field, so I didn't get too much time with them. I'm not worried about that, though. They are all cool, so I don't have any worries there."

Despite the distances involved (Russell hails from Florida), he has kept his family involved in his college choice.

"I talked this over with my parents and my brother, and they all think I made the right decision," he said. "When I decided on West Virginia, I wasn't looking at the rankings, or just going there because of their team. I went with my gut feeling. I just got that vibe from the coaches."

Many of those vibrations came from WVU recruiting guru Chris Beatty, who handled Russell's recruitment.

"I want to make sure everyone knows how much I appreciate Coach Beatty for giving me this chance," he emphasized. "I can't thank that man enough."

Russell will have three years of eligibility left, beginning with the 2008 season. He does not have a redshirt available.


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