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Sunday, December 16, 2012
OU or Nebraska for DT Quincy Russell?

By Damon Sayles

Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) is down to two.

The highly touted junior college defensive tackle on Sunday said he ultimately will choose between Nebraska and Oklahoma. When the 6-foot-4, 308-pound defensive tackle will announce, however, is still a mystery.

Russell, who signed with Texas out of high school, will be a mid-year transfer, but he said he is uncertain if he will give a verbal commitment in time for Wednesday, the first day for mid-year transfers to sign national letters of intent.

“It all depends on how everything unfolds,” Russell said. “I would like to [sign], so I can focus on other stuff. Right now, I’m not too sure, man.”

Russell, originally from San Antonio, has visited both schools during peak times. He was at Nebraska when the Cornhuskers defeated Penn State in come-from-behind fashion. He is being recruited to Nebraska by defensive coordinator John Papuchis.

“Playing for a school like that, it’s still up and coming, but they’ve got their stuff worked out,” Russell said. “You know they’re going to be a real big-time program in the next 2-3 years. They have sold-out crowds all the time. Everything about it -- that’s what makes it stand out to me.”

Russell visited Nebraska the weekend of Nov. 9. Two weeks later, he visited Oklahoma and took in Bedlam. He has been impressed with the Sooners’ ability to be highly competitive and stay relevant for many years.

“The thing about them, no matter what, they either are playing for a Big 12 championship or in the midst of a Big 12 championship,” said Russell, who is being recruited to Oklahoma by defensive line coach Jackie Shipp. “They’re either playing for a national championship or in the mix. It seems like they’re always playing for a big title.”

Whichever school gets Russell will pick up a player who has a nose for the football. Russell was Trinity Valley’s second-leading tackler, finishing with 75, 10 behind inside linebacker Davonte McMillian. Russell also had two sacks and five pass breakups.