Three-star safety Randy Russell has re-opened his recruitment after decommitting from Miami earlier this month.
“It was hard, but I know it was the right decision,” Russell told GN regarding his decommitment. “There were no reasons that went beyond football. It was hard knowing I helped bring in a lot of the guys, so it was hard to have to leave them.
“It was hard, but with coaches like that, that’s how I know they will always be successful. They were very understanding, and I really respect and appreciate that from them. They didn’t look at me any different and I was still one of their favorite recruits.”
Russell originally committed to Miami in mid-February; he decommitted soon after a trip to Florida, but he says that was coincidental.
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“It was just the timing,” Russell said. “The decommitment was sitting on me for a while, but it didn’t have anything to do with the visit (to UF). It had nothing to do with any negatives about Miami. I just happened to do it after I went up to Florida.”
Russell (5 feet 11, 180 pounds), from Miami Carol City, is among the top 45 safeties in the nation for the class of 2018. He has offers from, among others, Florida, Georgia, Miami and Michigan.
What is Russell looking for in a college of choice?
“It’s pretty much where can I see myself being successful,” Russell said. “What school can guide me on the path to be successful. I feel like the football part will take care of itself. I’m not really worried about the numbers. All I want is a chance to compete, and if I get a chance to compete, then I feel like I’ll be on the field.
“As far as building a relationship with the coaches, that’s important, too. But at the same time you never know what the coaching situation will be. So, it’s about the school itself and what can it do for me.”
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