For the last month or so, it looked like the Cornhuskers were the leader for Russell, who is 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds. But OU coaches Bob Stoops and Jackie Shipp went to work on the defensive tackle, visiting him at Trinity Valley and taking in-home visits with Russell’s parents in San Antonio.
Russell, who is ranked No. 51 in the ESPN Junior College 100, made an official visit to OU for Bedlam and is now going to be on the other side of the Red River Rivalry. Russell was initially a four-star prospect signed for Texas’ 2011 class, but he failed to academically qualify.
Now Russell hopes to be a part of a couple of OU teams that take care of the Longhorns in October in Dallas.
Russell is the second defensive tackle pickup for OU in the last week. The Sooners flipped the commitment of three-star tackle Kerrick Huggins (Dallas/Skyline) from Texas A&M last Friday.
OU is gunning for three defensive tackle commits for the class. And that sense of desperation some fans had seven days ago is long gone at the position.