2024 four-star running back Braylen Russell is committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks, but that’s not stopping the Tennessee Vols from pursuing him.
Russell, 6-foot-2/225 lbs from Hot Springs, AR, is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 16 running back in the country and the No. 2 player in the state of Arkansas.
The talented running back, who already has SEC size despite having two years of high school remaining, committed to the Razorbacks last November. Russell, however, is open to other programs.
After a great talk with @coachjoshheupel and @CoachMack_Tenn I’m excited to receive an offer from the University of Tennessee!!! @CoachWalt_ @coachharris_2 @coachofpdc @coachshawbhs #ThankGod 🍊🍊 pic.twitter.com/RQY23oLLmc— Braylen Russell (@BraylenRussell) June 26, 2022
Russell recently spoke to VolQuest about his recruitment. And it doesn’t sound like he’s locked in with Arkansas as he noted that his recruitment is “open”.
“I’m a verbal commit to Arkansas,” said Russell. “I’m keeping my recruitment open. I’m going to keep taking some visits. I’d like to come back and see Tennessee during the season and see a game.”
Russell spoke highly of his recent visit to UT — he specifically liked the facilities.
“It was my first trip up to Tennessee,” noted Russell. “It was really nice. The facilities were all nice. You can see the different things [they] are building to get the program set for years to come. It’s pretty amazing.”
This would be a great addition for the Vols. I think Russell is probably a player that’s a bit on the underrated side. Russell already looks like he could be a veteran SEC running back on the verge of reaching the NFL. Those are the types of players Tennessee needs — physical with great size/speed.
Arkansas probably isn’t too happy about the Vols coming into their backyard to try and steal a recruit, but that’s how it goes in recruiting.
Tennessee has plenty of time to flip Russell over the next 18 months.
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