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.