But his commitment to Georgia is no joke. The Carrollton defensive tackle committed to Chris Wilson and Mark Richt today, saying that he didn’t want to be anywhere else after he was done with high school football.
“I just felt like that was the place I wanted to be after high school, so I committed,” he said. “It was peaceful for me up at Georgia.”
Russell’s commitment is Georgia’s fourth for the class of 2014. But he’s a significant one as he’s Georgia’s highest-rated commit so far. He said that he felt very comfortable in Athens, which led to the commitment.
“I went up there and was talking with Chris Wilson. I saw that everything was cool there. I felt like it was the place I was most comfortable at,” he said. “I felt really good about Coach Richt. I didn't know much about Mark Richt, but he is a really cool person. He cares about things other than football. He talks about stuff other than football, and that's a good thing.”
Russel said he’s not too concerned about making a decision about recruiting this early in the process.
“I asked everyone – I talked with my coaches and parents – and they all thought it was a good decision,” he said. “Its not an April Fool's Joke at all.”
Russell said his commitment to Georgia made Richt very happy – as would be expected.
“I called Coach Wilson and Coach Richt to commit,” he said. “Coach Richt just said it was awesome. He told me that I made his day.”