Florida freshman safety Randy Russell, who signed with the Gators in December and already has enrolled, will not be able to play football because of a medical condition, the school announced Thursday afternoon.
Russell, a three-star prospect from Miami Carol City, has a heart condition that was discovered in a routine pre-participation physical. He will remain on scholarship but won’t count against Florida’s 85-player limit.
“As tragic as this is for Randy and his family to hear this news, this discovery is life-saving for him,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said in a statement released by the school.
“This is the last thing I expected to hear and I would not wish this upon my worst enemy,” Russell said in a statement he tweeted out.
— 21 (@randy_knows) January 11, 2018
He is the second Florida freshman in as many years to have an issue with his heart. This past season, wide receiver James Robinson was held out of action, and it was determined late in the year that the condition would preclude him from continuing his athletic career.
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