Mother knows best for Russell, Sooners 

January, 8, 2013
It didn’t matter that much that Oklahoma could offer junior college defensive tackle Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley) immediate playing time.

Quincy Russell
Courtesy of Trinity Valley Community CollegeQuincy Russell wants to make an immediate impact at OU.
It didn’t really matter that playing at OU would give Russell a chance to go against Texas in the Red River Rivalry. Russell originally signed with the Longhorns in 2011.

It didn’t matter that his juco teammate four-star ESPN JC 100 offensive tackle Josiah St. John has committed to the Sooners.

None of the above was a big factor in Russell signing with OU last month. There was one big factor, though.

“My mom. It was all about my mom,” Russell said. “I was telling the OU and Nebraska coaches that they don’t have to really convince me. They have to convince my mom. OU did a better job of doing that.”

Russell, a three-star prospect who is 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds, is ranked No. 54 in the ESPN JC 100 and looked like he was a Nebraska lean heading into junior college signing period.

He said that was never the case. It has been 50-50 between OU and Nebraska for a long time. It wasn’t until the morning of Dec. 19, the first day of the signing period, when he finally knew he wanted to be a Sooner.

Everything happened so fast that morning he said he never got a chance to talk to any of the coaches. Following his announcement, his phone blew up the rest of the day. Eventually it was OU coaches Jackie Shipp and Bob Stoops that got in contact with Russell’s mother.

“I’m excited about playing with Quincy again,” St. John said. “I know what he’s capable of and how much he can help out the program.”

And the Sooners definitely need help at the defensive tackle position. But the allure of starting during his first season really didn’t make OU pop out more to Russell. He said any school going the juco route for a defensive tackle is looking for an immediate impact.

The tradition, though, did speak to Russell.

“They win championships,” Russell said. “They win conference championships. They win national championships. That winning tradition means a lot.”

Some recruits are giddy when announcing their commitment, not Russell. He is past that stage. He might have felt that when he was going to Texas but that was a long time ago.

This wasn’t a rash decision based on emotion. This was a business decision.

“When I was younger, I don’t think I was fully aware of what I was going through,” Russell said. “Now I understand it’s a business. I needed to go where I feel I can put myself in the best position to succeed.”

Russell made official visits to OU and Nebraska. There wasn’t much separating the two schools. There were some things he liked more in Norman than in Lincoln and vice versa.

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