Recruiting: S Randy Russell decommits from Miami Hurricanes

Randy Russell poses with UM safeties coach Ephraim Banda before committing to the Hurricanes. (Twitter)

Randy Russell poses with UM safeties coach Ephraim Banda before committing to the Hurricanes. (Twitter)

It appears a Florida visit changed Randy Russell‘s mind.

Russell, who committed to Miami in February, backed off that pledge Tuesday, according to multiple recruiting websites and his own tweet.

“Change is inevitable,” he wrote in his tweet.

Russell, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, is considered a three-star recruit and the No. 45 safety prospect in the country by the 247Sports composite ratings. According to 247Sports, Russell was heavily leaning toward the Gators before making his Miami commitment.

Miami, which still has the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class according to a consensus of ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports, has four defensive backs committed: four-stars Josh Jobe, Gurvan Hall and Gilbert Frierson and three-star D.J. Ivey. UM is widely considered the favorite to land legacy Al Blades Jr., and according to 247Sports remains interested in a host of other defensive backs, including four-star cornerback Tyson Campbell and safeties Tyreke Johnson (a five-star) and three-stars Jamien Sherwood and Cameron Jonas (of Dwyer High).

Rivals said Tuesday evening that UM offered Miami Northwestern three-star cornerback Nigel Bethel (6-0, 165). Bethel is reportedly the younger brother of a player of the same name Miami recruited in 2014. That player is now at Eastern Kentucky.

Russell’s teammate at Miami-Carol City High, four-star running back Cam’Ron Davis, told 247Sports he is “staying at Miami” despite his friend’s departure from the recruiting class.

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