The Auburn Tigers are retaining their lead for
four-star Nashville (Tenn.) defensive back
"Auburn is my leader. Definitely," said Russell, a member of the Rivals.com
Top 100 team and the No. 12 safety in the nation. "They have
been for a little while now. I just feel the most comfortable with them. I
like coach (Phillip) Lolley, their DB coach, and I feel real good about
coach (Tommy) Tuberville. I like their style of play and the way it fits me
as a player. Everything's looking good with them."
So good that Russell (6-2, 185, 4.45) has made
Auburn the first official visit on his schedule. He'll make that trip on
Ole Miss continues to be a close second. Russell
said the Rebels should get an official visit for December, most likely on
the 13th, but that date has not been finalized. Arkansas also looks to get a
He had previously been talking about a three-team
field, but now two more may be added to the list.
"Alabama and Florida are back in the picture," he
said. "They've both been playing real good football lately and staying in
touch with me a lot. They haven't given up on me at all. Alabama has been
real impressive, especially that game against LSU (a 31-0 victory for the
Crimson Tide at Baton Rouge). Florida says they're really looking for
players at my position, making sure I know how important I could be."
Russell has helped lead Hillsboro High School to a
12-0 record this season and the No. 2 ranking in Tennessee's Class 4A. He's
recorded 35 tackles and four interceptions.