Cerritos safety continues to shine

Cerritos S Eric Russell (5-11, 190) is one of the more versatile JUCO secondary prospects in the country this year, but he's still waiting for his first official offer. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented DB recently and he updated us on things including which schools have begun to pick up the pace on the recruiting trail...

"I'm just being patient and waiting on my first offer," Russell told JCFootball.com recently. "I'm anxious about it, but I've been getting a lot of interest from Arizona, Tulsa and Nevada lately so I'm hoping someone steps up with an offer for me soon.

"Right now all I can control is how I play on the field and I've had a good start to the season."

After a standout freshman season that saw him post 76 tackles and two interceptions as both a free safety and a nickel corner, Russell has followed up with 21 tackles, one interception, nine passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble while leading the Falcons to a 5-0 record.

"I play 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."

Russell is on pace to graduate in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

This weekend Russell and his teammates have the week off before preparing to face Citrus on October 17th.

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