With so many great quarterbacks in the state of Washington this year, it stands to reason that several big time wideouts will also be players to keep an eye on this fall and Lakes (Lakewood) is blessed with two outstanding receivers in Sammie Long and Marquin Russell.
Northwest Elite Index has already given you a glimpse of Long, so today we take a look at what Russell brings to the table.
“Sammie and I like to call ourselves the ‘Dynamic Duo’,” Russell said with a bit of a chuckle recently. “We have great coaches and great teammates, but when it comes to us playing receiver, we push each other all the time. We both work to be the best we can be and that pushes the other one to keep going too.”
With outstanding speed and great body control, Russell, who is 6’0″, 183 pounds is one player that four-year schools have already begun to take notice of even though he didn’t put up huge numbers as a junior this past fall (10 receptions for 322 yards and five touchdowns).
Russell attended Washington State’s Junior Day this past weekend and has been hearing from two other Pac 12 schools.
“Utah and Oregon State are both recruiting me and they are showing me some interest, but I don’t have any offers yet,” Russell said. “A lot of schools have been by our school with all of the great prospects we have that are seniors right now, so my coaches have talked to a lot of different schools, but those three are the only ones that I have heard from.”
This offseason, Russell has been working on several aspects of his game and hopes to make some of the Barton Camps being held at Garfield High School in the coming weeks.
“I want my routes to get crisper and I also want to work on getting in and out of my breaks faster,” Russell noted. “I also want to get my routes down better and work on my hands, just getting them stronger.”
This spring, Russell will run track and he hopes to repeat as the 400 meter champion, that he won last spring with a 49-flat.
“I want to break my record and I’ve been running 49s in practice, so I think I should be able to beat it this year,” Russell said. “I’m just pushing myself to be the best I can be and what’s nice is the speed training also works with my football training too.”
We will continue to keep track of Russell’s progress, and we’ll have more in the future on this talented prospect.
Marquin Russell Highlights- http://www.hudl.com/athlete/467190/marquin-russell