February 16, 2013

Russell takes it all in



Sometimes things just have a way of working out and that was exactly the case for Carrollton defensive tackle Dontavius Russell on Saturday.

Earlier in the week, Russell told UGASports that he didn't think he would be able to attend any Junior Day, but all of that changed due to the fact that one of his teammates decided make the trip to Georgia.

"I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to go to any junior day this weekend because my parents had to work," Russell said. "But I had a teammate that was going down there, Cole Cook (tight end), and he asked me if I wanted to go. So I took the opportunity go with him."

After thinking that he wouldn't be able to go all week, the four-star prospect is happy that he was able to make the day trip to Athens.

"I had a good time," he said. "I met with the new defensive line coach, Coach (Chris) Wilson, and I talked with Mark Richt again. The defensive line coach just wanted to get to know me and Mark Richt just reassured me that I have a scholarship offer to Georgia. Coach Wilson did say that he feels like I can play any position across the defensive line but he didn't get into any specifics."

Wilson was the coach that extended the UGA offer to Russell earlier this month, and Saturday was a chance for the Peach State defender to get to know the Georgia assistant a little better.

While Russell has yet to see how Wilson coaches, he likes what he knows about the new defensive line coach as a person.

"He actually didn't talk any about football. He talked more about his family and things and what we need to do to be better and better than average," Russell said. "He seems like a coach that would care for his players. There is a good connection there for me because I don't want to get too caught up in thinking that this is all about football. I know that football isn't going to last forever so the fact that a coach will sit down and talk to me about my life after football, it just feels good instead of talking about just football."

Russell has been quiet in regards to favorites despite the fact that a number of big-time SEC programs such as Florida, Alabama, and Auburn have offered.

The visit to UGA, however, allowed the Bulldogs to make a strong impression.

"I really like Georgia because it is the in state school and there are a lot of things that they have that could benefit me as a person and player," he said.

The Carrollton standout has his pick of where he wants to visit next, and next weekend he and Cook are planning on making a trip to the sunshine state to see another big time SEC east program.

"This coming weekend, me and my teammate, Cole, are planning to go down to Florida if we get the chance," he said. "That is about it."

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