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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Jayhawks land Texas QB Seth Russell

Seth Russell, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback out of Garland, Texas, orally committed to the Kansas football team on Tuesday.

Seth Russell, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback out of Garland, Texas, orally committed to the Kansas football team on Tuesday.

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Lending credence to recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell's claim from earlier this summer that, "you always take a quarterback," the Kansas University football program picked up an oral commitment from a three-star QB out of Texas on Wednesday.

According to a report from JayhawkSlant.com, Seth Russell, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, out of Garland, Texas, made up his mind Tuesday night and let the KU coaching staff in on his decision as soon as he could.

"I called this morning and told the coaches I was committing," Russell said. "I loved my visit there and it felt like family to me. It was an awesome feeling to be around the coaches. I am blessed to be a part of an organization like that."

Russell chose KU over offers from North Texas and Wake Forest. Oklahoma and Texas A&M also had been showing interest.

Head coach Turner Gill, offensive coordinator Chuck Long and wide receivers coach David Beaty all played a big role in landing Russell, who ranks as the 26th best dual-threat QB in the country according to Rivals.com.

Russell becomes the fourth player in the Class of 2012 to commit to KU.

Comments

jayhawkinnebr 2 years, 8 months ago

Gill is not a good coach and that was shown last year. Need anymore proof?

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jayhawkinmullen 2 years, 8 months ago

If you don't think this is the next Elway or Montana then you are kidding yourself.

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 8 months ago

The following page has some video of Seth Russell:

http://www.ncsasports.org/college-recruiting-videos-highlights/seth-russell

The first half is all passes and the second half is mostly runs. Looks like he has good arm strength. He doesn't have the elusiveness of Bilal Marshall, but you can clearly see his speed on several of the runs. Looks tough too. Definitely not afraid to take a hit.

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Hawkeye10 2 years, 8 months ago

Chuck Long was a great college QB. Sounds like he is going to be a good recruiter for KU. Rock chalk

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troutsee 2 years, 8 months ago

Great day for Gill and KU. Gill and his staff are going to make us proud of KU FB.

As for asper, he's a 5* jerk and always will be.

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Ferd Magellan 2 years, 8 months ago

According to Rivals we just added the 15th-best dual threat QB prospect in the class. Two well-regarded QB in the same day?

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DevilHawk 2 years, 8 months ago

He's a 3* QB at the moment. Not terrible, but not great. We've been weak at the position and we need a pipeline of QBs, so this is good news overall.

He's listed at 6-4 and a 4.6 40. We should be able to move him to a different position without much of a problem if he doesn't pan out at QB.

Sounds good for now.

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nuleafjhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

When we hired Turner Gill, my first thought was shrug - oh well. Then it dawned on me, this guy was an actual football player - a really good one, under one of the most successful head coaches of all time. His overall record as a starting QB at Nebraska was 28-2.

He also spent many years as a QB coach (1992-2003) and wide receivers coach in 2004 learning from Tom Osborne and Frank Solich, who by the way was fired after compiling a 58-19 record at Nebraska. I don't know why, but every time I think of that it makes me chuckle that someone thought firing him was a good idea!

Add in another year as an assistant coach at North Texas and one at SMU and Director of Player Personnel for the Green Bay Packers in 2005 and you have a guy that has obviously put in a lot of hard work and knows what good football is all about.

I'm not the president of the Turner Gill fan club, but a lot of supposed KU fans are being unrealistic and unfair in their assessment of him. The guy knows football. Give him a chance to put the pieces in place. When Coach Self signs a 3 star player, a lot of you are ready to proclaim them as the next Michael Jordan or Danny Manning. When Coach Gill signs a 3 star player - it's a garbage find. Big deal. Who cares?

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daverinoku 2 years, 8 months ago

LOVE the competition brewing at the QB postition: Russell, Berglund, Cummings...

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BABBOY 2 years, 8 months ago

Gill is a good coach.

If the Internet geeks that ran off Mangino wrongly thinking they could land a big name Coach would give GIll a chance, he could do a good job....

The way Ku is treating Gill, if he does have sucess, and gets a better offer, I would not blame him for running given the way Ku has treated him....

Silly basketball school.....

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notigers4me 2 years, 8 months ago

Awesome news, welcome to the family Seth. Have a great senior year and we will see you next fall.

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Jayhawk1116 2 years, 8 months ago

We've done well in the past with 3-star quarterbacks from Texas.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 8 months ago

Tait, any word on if he plans to graduate high school early then report in august?

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vd 2 years, 8 months ago

Will he stay commited after we fire Gill for only having 3 wins this year?

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d_prowess 2 years, 8 months ago

If we had a Jayhawk Network we could show a couple of his HS games this season.

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Hawk09 2 years, 8 months ago

Anyone know if he played the full season last year, and what kind of offense his HS team ran?

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swunruhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Fantastic news .... Matt, please keep us posted on how his Senior season plays out.

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Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 8 months ago

since we were really targeting this kid, it's good that he has committed. welcome Seth! we can always use quality athletes/QBs.

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Randy Bombardier 2 years, 8 months ago

Actually, what is sad is that we are historically probably only .500 against N. Texas anyway. Does anyone know where to find that?

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Max Ledom 2 years, 8 months ago

Actually "ahper" comments are neither funny, informative, etc. They are a bit like a boil on ones a$$, or a mosquito you can't get rid of. A bit old and tiresome, but that's part of the gig when you spend time on web sites such as this. That said, I like this kids size. If he doesn't pan out at QB, he would be available to play other positions.

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number1jayhawker 2 years, 8 months ago

Now I know what the a stands for in ahperescoachingexperience and it's not apple.

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 8 months ago

Awesome news!!! Everything I read says this kid is a big-time recruit, and is way better than his ranking indicates. He has great height at 6'-4" (despite the idiotic comment above) and deceptive speed (was clocked running a 4.4 40) and is a big-time competitor (starts for the B-Ball team and runs track). Had he not missed the first half of his Junior season due to a broken finger his ranking would be much higher. He is such a great all-around athlete that Wake Forest was considering him as a linebacker. I love the quality of kids Gill & staff are bringing in - not just for their rankings and potential and athleticism, but also for their personal virtues, attitude, and work ethic.

Welcome to KU Seth. Glad your a fellow Jayhawk. You couldn't have picked a better school.

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superelf 2 years, 8 months ago

Please explain how 6'4" is too short to see over the O-line.

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kureader 2 years, 8 months ago

Russell said, ... "it felt like family ... I'm blessed to be a part of an organization like that".

Don't know the kid, but his quote, and especially the word "blessed", gives some insight into why Gill and his staff may have had an advantage. Say what you want about the KU program and staff, they're recruiting hard and doing a better job of it than most previous staffs.

I'll be bringing more alcohol than usual to this year's tailgates. Hopefully Seth Russell and more future recruits like him will eventually help me to watch a game sober.

Go Hawks.

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TulsaTownJhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Good job on the TX recruit, but do we need another QB who can't see over the O-line? Maybe he'll hit a late growth spurt ... or we'll change our offense back to the Touchdown Todd Glory Days.

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