Gamebreaker Series: Skyview WR Forrest Russell

Forrest Russell WR/DB/RET Skyview High School, WA
2011 Stats: 50 Receptions for 810 Yards and 11 Total TD’s (8 Rec, 2 Ret, 1Int)
20-yard Shuttle: 3.98 — Vertical Leap: 39 inches
2011 Highlights:

Forrest Russell is in my opinion the most exciting player to watch in the northwest. The WR/DB from Skyview High School in Vancouver, WA has continued to beat the odds, establishing himself as the one of the top offensive weapons for the class of 2013. Forrest helped lead Skyview to an appearance in the 2011 4A Washington state championship game, a game in which they lost to Skyline 38-7. That loss only added fuel to Russell’s fire, reminding him that you can never do enough to be the best.

After watching his film you can get an idea of Russell’s speed and quickness working from the slot against linebackers and safeties. His big play ability is showcased by his superb run after catch as well as return man qualities. Forrest also stepped in at DB this year for the Storm, splitting time while racking up over 20 tackles and taking an interception to the house. He credits his time spent in the film room every week as giving him the ability to find seams and holes in the defense. A fierce blocker as well, Forrest was QB Kieran McDonough’s safety valve all season. A lot of receivers do certain things well but Russell prides himself on being a complete player by focusing on releases, reading coverages and running crisp routes.

After hauling in 50 Receptions for 810 Yards and 8 TD’s as a Junior, Forrest is looking to win the state championship in the Long Jump this spring, an event he took 9th overall in as a sophomore. This offseason Russell continues to outwork his competition by running routes and catching football’s everyday. Russell has added emphasis on strength training while also adding the 100 Meter and 200 Meter races to help build his top end speed. Listed at about 5’8, 150 Pounds, Forrest continues to approach life with a chip on his shoulder. He is honestly one of the hardest workers I have ever come across.

Russell lists his top 5 schools right now as being Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Utah and Portland State. “My mom is my biggest inspiration in the world, it was just her and I since I was in kindergarten and we have always stuck together and worked through the good times and bad” says Russell. Forrest hopes to reward himself and make his mother proud by earning a college scholarship in football, something he should have no problem attaining with his ability. Russell plans on hitting the combine circuit this spring with a vengeance as well as putting in his work at the Barton Football Academy, he has been attending the academy since the 6th grade. Coach Greg Barton describes Russell as “A fearless competitor with the work ethic to be the best at anything he decides to do in life”.