Cerritos safety still waiting on first offer

One of the more versatile safety prospects in the California JUCO ranks this year is Cerritos S Eric Russell (5-11, 190). He plays free safety most of the time, but in the nickel he drops down and plays man-to-man over the slot receiver. JCFootball.com put in a call to the talented DB and he updated us on things including which schools have shown the most interest so far...

Russell prepped at Gahr High School and after not earning enough credits to qualify for a full-scholarship, he decided to stay close to home and attend Cerritos Junior College.

"Mainly it was because it was close to home, but the coaches here are great," Russell told JCFootball.com. "I mean, you really get the feeling they care about you as an individual and not just as a player. They want to help you both on and off the field."

"They made me feel real welcome. It was just the best fit for me all the way around."

As a freshman in 2008, Russell played free safety for the Falcons, posting 76 tackles and two interceptions while notching 30 yards per kick return and 12 yards per punt return.

"I played free safety most of the time, but they dropped me down to play over the slot when we went to nickel," Russell said. "I can play almost anywhere a team needs me to play, but I like playing free safety so I can see the whole field and make plays on the ball when it's in the air.

"I tackle well. I'm physical and I'm good at man-to-man, so I can do it all. I'm an all-around safety."

Recruiting has begun to pick up for the talented DB, who posted a 4.5 fort time, a 37-inch vertical and benched 225 pounds 11 times this spring.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I've got a lot of schools interested in me," Russell noted. "UCLA, Tulsa, Nevada, Iowa State and Arizona State all came out and watched us in the spring and they all have talked to me and told me they are interested."

This summer, besides doing what he can to get "stronger and faster and get prepared mentally", Russell has also been hard at work in the classroom where he's on pace to graduate with his AA degree in May of 2010. Whoever he signs with, he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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