LAKEWOOD, Wash. – As Marquin Russell prepares for his senior season, he thinks about the man who shares the same name.
The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) knows his father won’t get to see him play this year, because the elder Russell is in the Army and deployed in Afghanistan.
“He’s going to miss my senior year, but I’m going to do good things for him,” Russell said.
Russell received his first offer from Idaho a few months ago, but said he is also receiving interest from Oregon State, Washington State, Montana, Portland State and Army.
If he needs any input on Idaho, all he has to do is ask friend and former teammate Ma’ne Manaea, a safety who is preparing for his freshman year with the Vandals.
“He said it’s really nice,” Russell said. “He’s a really good friend of mine. I think I would like it a lot.”
While he likes the coaches and has a connection to the program through Manaea, Russell wants to add a few offers before he makes a decision.
He still expects to one day follow in his father’s footsteps into the military, but wants to explore all his options before he takes a longer look at Army.
“My career path was to join the military, so I was looking at Army, because it’s an officer’s school, but that school is really hard to get into,” Russell said. “It’s really complicated. I was raised a military brat. I just know the lifestyle. I’m comfortable with the lifestyle.”