Each week SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.
Vitals: Defensive tackle Quincy Russell | 6-foot-4, 308 pounds
Committed: Dec. 19, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 79. Three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 54 in the ESPN JC 100
Picked OU over: Nebraska, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas State, North Carolina, Houston.
State of the position: It’s quite simple: OU needs impact players at defensive tackle. And they need more than one.
Pros: “Russell is a wide body who can take up space within the interior of the trenches. He has a great combination of height, weight and strength. He is tough to move off the ball with his size and strength. Overall, Russell is a space-eating defensive tackle who requires double teams at his current level. He will most likely get into the mix on the D-line at the next level and could get early playing time if he's able to polish his technique.” - ESPN scouting report
Cons: “We would like to see more hand movement to disengage from blockers sooner. He doesn't shoot gaps or close great.” - ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Casey Walker. The Sooners need Russell to step right in, play immediately and be a solid anchor in middle of their defense in 2013.
Expected impact: 2013. OU’s defense could be in major trouble if it doesn’t happen in 2013. Russell brings needed size and strength to the Sooners' interior and could be one of the most important additions to the program.