Russell still waiting on an offer

It's baffling why a player with the skills of Cerritos S Eric Russell (5-11, 185) is still waiting on his first offer, but that is exactly the case right now. The talented defensive back, who is a playmaker on special teams as well as in the secondary, is still waiting on his first offer, but he remains optimistic one will come in sooner rather than later...

"I've been hearing from a lot of schools, but right now I still don't have an offer from any of them," Russell told recently. "I took a visit to Auburn and I really enjoyed things there. It was for the Iron Bowl when they played Alabama and when you talk about football, the SEC is the conference that comes to mind. They play big time football down there."

Besides the Tigers, Oregon, Washington State, California and USC have been schools focusing on Russell and possibly bringing him into the fold.

"Oregon has really been after me," Russell said. "I went to one of their Rose Bowl practices and talked with coach (Don) Pellum a while and he said they like me and that they are just trying to figure some stuff out before they offer me.

"Washington has also been on me and my coach said they are looking for safeties, but right now I'm just kind of waiting on them a little bit too."

With his outstanding speed (4.45), Russell was a playmaker on special teams and defense for Cerritos this past season. After earning All-Conference honors as a freshman, he had a huge sophomore season with 55 tackles, four interceptions (with two returned for touchdowns), two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four tackles-for-loss and 12 passes defended.

He also added 210 yards and a touchdown on eight punt returns and 517 yards on 18 kickoff returns.

In 2009, he earned the Conference All-Purpose Player of the Year without a carry or reception on offense.

Russell will finish up his AA degree in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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