Mark Richt celebrated his 57th birthday on Saturday by hosting dozens of underclassman recruits at an on-campus event. Randy Russell brought a present with him.
Russell, a safety from Miami-Carol City High, gave a commitment to the Hurricanes. He chose UM over Florida, telling Canesport his local school “felt like home.” According to 247Sports, Russell was heavily leaning toward the Gators before his unofficial visit to UM.
He is rated a three-star recruit and No. 41 at his position by 247Sports’ composite ratings. ESPN, which has not rated him, wrote he has “the size speed and athleticism to excel in both man and zone at the next level” and that “his best football is ahead of him.”
Russell, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, is the 10th commit in a recruiting class rated No. 4 nationally by 247Sports. He is the fifth defensive back and only safety in the group, though Rivals lists four-star commit Josh Jobe as a safety. UM, Alabama, Florida State and Georgia are heavily pursuing Palm Beach Lakes four-star Gurvan Hall.
Here’s Russell’s highlight tape, featuring a track by Carol City alum Rick Ross: