For a couple of weeks now, the recruiting process has been strong for junior college defensive lineman Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College). The San Antonio native has been a major target for several schools all season, but his focus wasn’t on recruiting until the conclusion of Trinity Valley’s season.
Over the weekend, Russell took his second official visit, taking in the scenery of Lincoln, Neb., and watching Nebraska defeat Penn State in come-from-behind fashion. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound defensive tackle, who has visited the Nebraska campus twice, gave the visit high marks and said Nebraska is one of the schools very high on his list.
“It was a 10, but I knew it was going to be a 10,” Russell said of the visit. “I don’t plan on taking visits where it’s not going to be a 10 or more. If that was the case, I would just stay at home.
“I wanted to see if the school could blow my mind. In the two visits I’ve taken, that’s what happened.”
Recruited by Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis, Russell said the second trip to Lincoln was an even better experience because of the fan support and overall atmosphere. More than 85,000 watched the Cornhuskers rally from a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat Penn State 32-23.
The first time Russell went to Nebraska was in April for the annual Red-White Spring Game.
“It was a good atmosphere then,” Russell said of the April visit, "but a big scrimmage can’t compare to the actual game. The experience was great. The fans stood up most of the game and cheered. They really support their team.
“You’ve got games where you could see them play teams and blow them out, but then you’ve got teams where you have to come in with different schemes. I knew Penn State would bring a good game; I chose this game for a reason. I wanted to see what kind of schemes the defense ran and how they reacted when their backs were up against the wall.”
Russell, who signed with Texas out of high school, said he has visited Nebraska and Texas Tech officially, and he’s looking to make a trip to Oklahoma in two weeks. Russell also has interest in visiting West Virginia. He has offers from Nebraska, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU and several other schools.