Warwick WR Messiah Russell (Photo: Brian Knight/recruit757)
William & Mary, JMU, and Army highlight top 10 for Warwick DB Messiah Russell
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
We’re not participating in an ideal world at the moment which makes anything involving the process of one’s recruitment extremely difficult. However, many student-athletes are making the best of it.
Last week the Peninsula District was privy to Woodside starting defensive end Breyden Byrd (2021 DE 6-4 250) announcing his top seven list which was one that included the likes of William & Mary, Richmond, New Hampshire, and Navy among others.
Following in his footsteps on Monday evening was Warwick starting defensive back Messiah Russell (2021 DB/WR 6-2 186). The Warwick product took his list of offers and narrowed them down to a detail of 10 programs to fixate his vision on.
William & Mary
This list is one that took the utmost consideration into account and wasn’t one that was rushed for the sake of trying to remain relevant within the confines of recognition. Russell understands that timing is important and that the current state of society dictates precise measuring of his calculations.
“It took a lot of time to really narrow down these schools because they are all great schools,” Russell stated. “Times are different right now and I was waiting to narrow them down hoping for a more ‘perfect’ time to narrow things down.”
Russell continued: “But I just had to really take time and think about it and as I started thinking more there really will never be a ‘perfect’ time. And these are the schools that I feel are the best for me and my family right now.”
Not necessarily making the cut for Russell was Norfolk State, Saint Francis, Sacred Heart, VMI, and Gardner-Webb. The intention for Russell will be to concentrate on these ten programs while remaining as objective as possible throughout the rest of his recruitment. Should a program outside of his top 10 list decide to extend its reach, the Warwick product plans on leaving the door wide open.
“My recruitment is still opened to other schools trying to offer me,” Russell explained. “These are the top schools at the time for me, but things can always change. If someone can offer me something that I like then they can come into the picture as well.”
– Brandon Mitchell