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Russell always in the lead

Highly-touted RB prospect is also a top student and student council president

Updated: October 5, 2011, 10:38 AM ET
By Erik McKinney | We Are SC
While plenty of football players throughout all levels of the sport discuss the importance of being a leader on and off the field, few put that into practice as well or as often as KeiVarae Russell. Russell might be a 6-foot, 175-pound all-purpose tailback to the dozens of college coaches chasing his signature for a national letter of intent, but at Everett (Wash.) Mariner High School, he's simply Mr. President.

Russell was voted student council president as a senior, one year after serving as the junior class president. The decision to become involved in a leadership role at Mariner was one he made as a freshman, and one he does not take lightly.