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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sooners get depth boost with DT Russell

By Brandon Chatmon

It appears to be the perfect fit.

Quincy Russell
Quincy Russell could play immediately for the Sooners in 2013.
Three-star defensive tackle Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley) decided to sign with Oklahoma on Wednesday, picking the Sooners over Nebraska. The defensive tackle prospect had offers from OU, Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor and others.

With Russell’s choice, the Sooners get a much-needed defensive tackle recruit and Russell gets the opportunity to make an immediate impact in a program that competes for championships every year. It’s a win-win situation for both parties.

Defensive tackle is, by far, the biggest position of need for OU as the recruiting cycle winds down. Jamarkus McFarland, Casey Walker and Stacy McGee will play their final games in the Cotton Bowl, leaving redshirt freshman Jordan Phillips as the lone rotation player returning at defensive tackle in 2013.

Landing Russell, the No. 51 recruit in the ESPN JC 100, gives the Sooners some peace of mind as they prepare for the Cotton Bowl.

And more importantly, OU will have peace of mind as it hits the recruiting trail in January with two defensive tackles on its commitment list before Christmas after having zero defensive tackles secured on Thanksgiving. Now, instead of feeling urgency to unearth as many defensive tackle prospects as possible heading into January, the Sooners can be a bit more selective as they try to land one or two more defensive tackles before signing day.

Nonetheless, the Sooners still have plenty of work to do in the next six weeks as they hope to transform the defensive tackle position from a potential weakness to a position of strength in 2013.