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2019 4-star DE De’Monte Russell ‘surprised and excited’ to pick up Florida State offer
It’s safe to say that 2019 4-star Jackson (Miss.) Provine defensive end De’Monte Russell was not expecting Florida State to pop up on his radar early on his recruitment.
Russell rates as the nation’s No. 14 weakside defensive end and the No. 221 player overall in the 2019 class.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Magnolia State pass rusher earned an offer from the Seminoles in late August — with tight ends coach Tim Brewster giving him the good news.
— De'Monte Russell (@monte_russell) August 25, 2017
“They offered me right before the season. When I first got it, I was just a kid from Mississippi so I wasn’t thinking about a Florida State offer as a [realistic] option,” Russell told Florida State DieHards. “I was just surprised and excited. It was during school and it was a great experience. Coach Brewster, the tight ends coach, he gave me the offer.”
Before the offer came, Russell was able to visit Florida State’s campus on his way from a summer camp held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
On the trip, he was able to connect with star freshman running back Cam Akers — himself a Mississippi native who selected the Seminoles over home-state schools such as Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
“I went there during the summer. On our way back, I stopped by and met with coach Jimbo Fisher and met Cam Akers,” Russell said. “He told me that if you ever get the offer, he just said it’s the best place to come and it’s a great opportunity for you to play as a freshman. I’m taking his advice and just trying to learn more about it.”
Another thing that stood out to him were Florida State’s facilities and Doak Campbell Stadium.
“I seen the field, too. It was big,” Russell said. “I’m just a kid and I would have never thought of going to Tallahassee or getting an offer from Florida State. God is great, man. For me to see Florida State in person, it was a great experience to be on that campus.”
Brewster is leading Florida State’s recruiting efforts and Russell notes that they have kept in touch.
“We talk every two weeks or so or after every couple of games. He calls to check on me to see how our season is going,” Russell said.
Also of note is that the Seminoles are recruiting him either as a defensive end or as an outside linebacker. Russell mentioned that he does not have a preference on either position.
Russell hasn’t been very active taking visits during the season. The only visit he has taken is to Mississippi State for its win over LSU.
When asked which schools are recruiting him the hardest, three programs came to mind.
“Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Florida State,” he said.
Auburn, Florida and Kentucky are among the other schools showing interest in Russell.
It’s still early in his recruitment, but he has tentative plans on making a commitment during his senior year. However, he does have an idea of what he is looking for in the school he will eventually call home at the next level.
“Basically, I want to have a great relationship with the coaches and just feel like I’m a part of the family at that school. I want to know that I would have somewhere to go and wouldn’t be feeling homesick if I have that.”
Nation’s No. 1 WR sets official visit schedule
The race to land 5-star receiver Terrace Marshall is coming into focus.
As detailed by Sam Spiegelman of SEC Country, the nation’s No. 1 receiver and the No. 8 player overall in the 2018 cycle has set his schedule for his five upcoming official visits — which will precede his commitment that will come on Dec. 22.
His first visit will be to Florida State next weekend for its game against Louisville.
After that, he will take trips to Texas A&M (Oct. 28), Alabama (Nov. 4), Texas (Nov. 11) and LSU (Nov. 25).
Top 5 Schools
Alabama, Texas A&M, Texas Longhorns, LSU & Florida State.
Please respect my decision. #M2B
— Terrace Marshall Jr. (@Terracemjr) August 28, 2017
The 6-foot-2.5, 192-pound Pelican State playmaker — who has missed the majority of his senior season after fracturing his fibula on the outside of his left foot and dislocating his left ankle — will also be an early enrollee, meaning he will be on campus for whichever school he selects in January.
LSU is considered the favorite to land Marshall at this time, but the Seminoles will get the first shot to make a lasting impression on him.
With receiver being a primary need in this cycle, the Seminoles are likely to stress the ability to make an early impact should he elect to bring his talents to Tallahassee.
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