Football Recruiting

Quincy Russell Officially in as Commit No. 22 for the Longhorns

After months of pondering a decision that was once in the

books, in the end a scholarship offer from the Texas Longhorns was one that

Quincy Russell couldn’t refuse. The San Antonio Sam Houston defensive tackle,

one of the top defensive line prospects in the country, committed to the

Longhorns on Sunday to fill a huge need for Texas and bring Mack Brown’s

program to 22 commitments in the class.
Russell, an ESPN Recruiting four-star prospect and the

No. 42-ranked prospect in the Inside Texas 2011 Top 100, notified Inside Texas

of his decision via text message on Sunday night. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder

gives the Longhorns a prospect with a tremendous amount of raw talent and as high

a ceiling as any prospect in the Lone Star State in this recruiting cycle.

Discovered by the Sam Houston coaches as a sprinter in

junior high, Russell has a very quick first step, possesses elite feet and is

as good as gets when it comes to getting down the line and using his speed to

make plays. A basketball player in the offseason, Russell is two-time

All-District selection on the gridiron and appears to have his best football

ahead of him.

Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M were

among the schools who heavily recruited Russell while Auburn, Florida State,

Notre Dame and Tennessee were among the schools to send offers his way.

Russell took a peculiar route to eventually wind up as a

member of Texas’ recruiting class, which currently ranks as the nation’s top

class, but he’s on board at a position of great need.

Russell originally committed to the Longhorns after

visiting for the spring game in April, but approximately 24 hours after making

his decision he decommitted from Texas and opted to reopen his recruitment.

After decommitting from Texas in April, Russell visited Nebraska and Texas A&M and

made a summer visit to Texas for a football camp.

Despite visiting other schools, Russell ultimately decided

that the best decision for his college future would be to jump back on board

with Texas and the Longhorns welcomed Russell back with open arms. That’s in

part because Russell is one of only three defensive tackle prospects offered by

the Longhorns thus far and he joins Spring Westfield Under Armour All-America

defender Desmond Jackson on the interior while Cleveland defensive end Cedric

Reed rounds out what appears to be another very good recruiting year for Texas

along the defensive front.

There are not many available defensive tackle prospects

in the state and with the class filling up fast, Russell became a must-have

prospect for the Texas staff as the recruiting process moved along. The

Longhorns now have secured five defensive tackle commits within the past two

classes as Russell joins Jackson to build on a strong 2010 class with signees

Taylor Bible, De’Aires Cotton and Ashton Dorsey.

The commitment of Russell also gives the Longhorns a

verbal commitment for the second weekend in a row after Oklahoma City Millwood

Under Armour All-America cornerback Josh Turner committed last Saturday.

Russell recorded 87 tackles and seven sacks as Sam

Houston finished 8-3 in 2009. The Hurricanes, coached by former Baylor

All-American Gary Green, are expected to be one of the most talented Class 3A

teams in south Texas this fall.