Talented 2013 Snohomish Safety Russell Crippen

(Russell Crippen 6-0 190 Jr.) Snohomish

One of the top dual-sport athletes in the state of Washington this year, Snohomish S Russell Crippen, recently spoke to Northwest Elite Index and updated us on where things stand with both football and baseball. He talks about what he has been up to this spring, as well as some of his plans for the summer…

“Things have been hectic,” Crippen told NEI recently. “With baseball and football, I’ve sorta just been going from sport to sport.”

As a junior this past fall for the football team, Crippen, who is 6’0″, 190 pounds, totaled over 50 tackles and had seven interceptions from his safety spot and earned First Team All-Wesco 4A honors for his efforts. Offensively, he also contributed as a tailback and wideout, but this year he’s going to move to quarterback where the coaches can get the ball in his hands more and let his speed, agility and athleticism take over.

“We’re sorta changing things up and going to more of a ‘Wildcat’ offense this year,” Crippen said. “I can still throw the ball, so I’ll have the option of doing that, but I can also make plays with my legs and I’ll play a little wide receiver too.”

Crippen is also a standout on the Snohomish baseball team, batting .354 this past season with two home runs and 16 stolen bases. He is a third baseman and an outfielder who also pitched, notching a 5-3 record with 45 strikeouts.

While he’s a great dual-sport athlete, one sport over the other appears to be what may take him to college.

“Baseball is where I’m getting most of the attention right now,” Crippen said. “Right now the D-1 schools that are talking to me are Washington State, Oregon and San Francisco University. I’m also hearing a little from Alabama State and some smaller schools too.

“As far as football, I haven’t really heard much from anyone on that. I’m open to playing both in college. I love playing football because I love to hit. That’s why defense is my favorite side of the ball. I just love hitting people.”

Crippen said he may end up heading out to the Barton Combine being held this weekend at Issaquah High School, and also noted that after a hectic baseball schedule over the next two months he’ll turn his focus to football.

“I just want to help my team any way that I can,” Crippen said. “I love playing both sports, so I’m just looking forward to my senior year and making it the best I can.”
We will continue to keep track of Crippen in the coming weeks and months and will update news as it happens with him.

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