Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes lost one of their top defensive recruits in safety Randy Russell. Randy Russell recently visited the University of Florida for a football camp and met with Florida’s coaches. He was seen with his primary recruiter Corey Bell and two other assistant coaches. Randy Russell is one of the top defensive recruits in all of South Florida. Does Randy’s de-commitment from the Canes means he might be heading to Florida? Who is Randy Russell and why does the Florida coaching staff want him in their class?
Who is Randy Russell?
Randy Russell is a three-star recruit out of Carol City Senior High School in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade has always been known for breeding terrific football talent from players like Antonio Callaway, Vosean Joseph, Eddy Pinero and Keivonnis Davis. Carol City is one of the top high schools in the county as they just won a state championship last season. Randy Russell was one of the leaders on the Chiefs defense. Not only is he a household name, but he has received a lot of offers from some of the top schools in the country. He currently has 31 scholarship from schools like Georgia, Florida, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina and UCLA. Since his de-commitment from Miami, Florida has emerged as the favorites to land the Miami safety. According to 247Sports Crystal Ball, all of the predictions says that Randy Russell should pick Florida.
Now, what makes Randy Russell such an intriguing recruit for the Florida Gators? One reason is where he is from and the competition he goes up against. There are no bad teams in Miami-Dade County as all of them can play ball. Randy Russell plays strong safety for the Carol City Chiefs. He is 5’11 and weighs 180 which isn’t bad size for a strong safety. He’s known for being a thumper. Plays with a nasty attitude and always tries to knock the ball loose. Plays fast, quick and aggressive while going for the ball carrier. Reminds me of a smaller Marcell Harris as a guy who can knock people out and have speed to get to the ball carrier. He also plays corner and special teams at his high school.
The Florida Gators would like to add some more depth at safety since they’ll be losing both of their starters after this upcoming season. Florida already has two safeties signed in C.J. Smith and Amari Burney but adding another safety wouldn’t hurt the class. As of now, it looks like Florida might be the place for Randy Russell but it’s up to him if he wants to be a Gator. Florida also signed four defensive backs out of South Florida last recruiting class Shawn Davis, Marco Wilson, Brian Edwards and C.J. Henderson.