Early attention continues for Russell

San Joaquin Delta OT Mason Russell (6-6, 290) has the prototypical size and athleticism to be a bookend tackle at the next level. With that in mind, there are several four-year programs who have let it be known that they like what they've seen so far this year from the talented offensive lineman and he hopes that interest will lead to offers in the near future...

Russell prepped at Turlock (Ca.) High School and was a standout, however he wasn't able to qualify to receive a four-year scholarship so he decided to go the JC route.

"Delta was close to home and I liked the coaches," Russell said. "I got to start the whole season at left tackle and I felt like I had a good season, but you can always work on things and get better at everything you do.

"I'm good at run-blocking and pass-blocking, but if I had to choose which one I'm better at, it would definitely be run-blocking," Russell said. "In pass-protection, you are just keeping guys off your quarterback and you aren't as aggressive.

"When you are run-blocking, you can just punish your opponent and you are a lot more aggressive. You can dictate things and I like that feeling."

Recruiting hasn't been as active as Russell had hoped, but he said he hopes offers start to materialize in the near future.

"Right now, the schools I'm hearing from the most are New Mexico, Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona.

"New Mexico wants to get me up there as soon as they can. They like me a lot and it feels like they could offer, but right now I'm just talking to them."

Russell redshirted the 2009 season, so when he signs with a school in December he will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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