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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
DT Russell discusses UGA visit

By Kipp Adams

After making 58 tackles and three sacks during his junior season, defensive tackle Dontavius Russell (Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton) picked up his first offer from Florida before participating in the Rising Seniors' Georgia Junior Bowl. Since then, eight other programs have offered, including the University of Georgia.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound prospect was in Athens, Ga., last weekend, and he spoke well of his time spent with the Bulldogs coaching staff.

“I had a good time down at Georgia and got to meet a couple more of their coaches,” Russell said. “Sitting down and talking with Coach [Chris] Wilson and Coach Mark Richt really stood out to me. We talked about life after football and I learned more about them as people rather than as coaches. Coach Wilson seemed interested in getting to know me and my family, so that was a good thing.”

Being an early target for Georgia is an honor to Russell, who felt privileged to spend time with the head coach at Georgia.

“This was the second time I got to talk to Coach Richt and he reassured me that I had a scholarship to Georgia,” Russell said. “It was a good experience talking to him because it is not every day you get to speak to someone you see on TV all of the time. It felt good to know he has interest in me as a football player and thinks I can come in and help his team.”

The attention has come quicker than the interior defensive lineman had anticipated.

“Georgia is one of the top schools in the nation every year so for them to come after me so early is a great feeling,” Russell said. “It has been surprising to me. I expected to earn an offer before I was done with high school but I did not expect so many big colleges to come after me this early.”

So far, Russell has made visits to Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. At this stage in the recruiting process, it is all about Russell trying to find a comfort level within each school.

“All of the visits have been enjoyable as I learn things about each program,” Russell said. “I am trying to meet my position coaches and find out more about each school and how my life would be if I chose that college.”