Russell has NFL QB potential

Updated: September 30, 2002, 5:44 PM ET
By by Tom Lemming, ESPN.com football recruiting analyst | ESPN.com football recruiting analyst
The last time I visited Williamson High School in Mobile, Ala., it was to see former Tennessee QB Tee Martin. Williamson has another great QB this year in my No. 24 prospect, Jamarcus Russell (6-6, 220, 4.7).

I had heard about Russell for some time, and there was a lot of talk about him during the U.S. Army All-American game last January. When I finally met him last March, I was impressed with his size, poise and confidence.

As a junior, he threw for 950 yards and eight TDs, while rushing for 150 yards and four scores. Those are not exactly eye-popping stats, but he was playing with new receivers and an inexperienced offensive line. As a sophomore, he passed for 2,652 yards and recorded almost the same exact passing yardage as a freshman. Over his career, he has thrown for more than 7,300 yards, and his goal is to break Brodie Croyle's state record.

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