The Eastern Michigan Eagles picked up yet another defensive commit last week. Devon Russell lives on the Delaware/Maryland state border and has played all over the country for East Christian Academy.
"We don't play in any playoffs as an independent school," Russell told Hustle Belt, "We've had a lot of success and won a lot of games.
"I've played in Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey... we've played in a lot of places."
A fast, physical cornerback, Russell's 40 time is a 4.40. "I'm very aggressive," Russell adds. "I'm great at jamming receivers and have very good eye discipline so I can jump routes. I play receiver too, so I know routes very well."
As mentioned before with previous commits, there should be a lot of open competition for these younger players to earn some playing time next year. Russell said that he's ready to be a part of the change in culture with this football program that Chris Creighton and his staff have put together.
"I talked to the coaches a lot," Russell said. "My impressions on the coaches is that, as good coaches, they care a lot about family and the time they put into the program.
"We're gonna start the change this year, and next year we're going to step it up a lot more."
Unranked on the major recruiting websites, Eastern Michigan was Russell's only offer. When I asked him if he'd consider going elsewhere if another offer came his way, he replied with "no, I'm sticking with Eastern... I'm really happy to be an Eagle, the first school that gave me a chance."
Here is one of Russell's highlight tapes courtesy of Hudl:
Note: Russell is not playing cornerback in this video.