Russell, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound jumbo athlete, starred at defensive end for Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor since his sophomore season. However, when All-American linebacker Derek Nicholson graduated, the Mount Tabor coaching staffed moved Russell to middle linebacker. Russell gladly accepted the challenge.
"I knew about it for a long time and I've been looking forward to it," said Russell. "I wasn't nervous. I wasn't saying what if I don't perform. I was just ready to go out there and work hard and play the best game I could play."
That he did, Russell collected seven tackles (five solo), and broke-up one pass in Mount Tabor's season opener against New Bern.
Russell's plan is to see what options he has available to him after a few games and then work on making a decision.
Wake Forest still is his leader due to the combination of being his lone offer and the relationship Russell has developed with the Demon Deacon's coaching staff over the summer.