Warwick WR Messiah Russell (Photo: Brian Knight/recruit757)
Warwick DB Messiah Russell snags first offer from Liberty University
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
The Raiders were able to advance to postseason play for the second-consecutive year and all hands were on deck for the maturation process that occurred from 2018 to 2019.
The success Warwick was able to harness this past season was a result, in part, of the stellar play of starting defensive back Messiah Russell (2021 DB/WR 6-2 186). The Warwick product will be walking into his senior year over the next few months and was granted a late New Year’s gift this past week when Liberty University provided him with his first collegiate offer.
“The summer after my freshman year I went to their football camp and they really liked me,” Russell told recruit757. “We kept in touch since then. About a month ago, Coach Johnson and Coach
Hunley came to the school. Coach set up the phone call and he said they wanted to offer me.”
Despite having success on both sides of the ball, Liberty is recruiting Russell at the defensive back position. The Warwick product finished the season with 40 tackles, 22 pass break ups, and six interceptions. Offensively, Russell was one of the Raiders top options are wide receiver finishing the year with 710 yards on 36 receptions and seven touchdowns. Getting the chance to play at the next level would be a major testament to all the hard work he’s put into his craft.
“It feels really good to get my first offer,” Russell stated. “Liberty is a great school. Just being able to tell my parents that they won’t have to pay for college feels really good.”
Coming into his senior season, Russell will be looking to add to the accolades he was able to garner this past season. Russell was a First-Team selectee at wide receiver and defensive back in both the Peninsula District and Region 4A. He was also a Second-Team selectee at both defensive back and wide receiver for Class 4. Be that as it may, the goal for Russell over the spring and summer months will be to make sure he’s ready for next season.
“My main focus is just getting ready for next season and fine-tuning all the things that needs fixing,” Russell explained. “I’m hitting the weight room hard with my team and we’re getting ready for a big season. “The Lake Taylor game left us with a chip on our shoulder and we have something we need to prove.”
– Brandon Mitchell