Observer Sports Staff | Wednesday, February 1, 2012
ATH, ****, 170 pounds, 6-0
Mariner High School
Running back KeiVarae Russell chose the Irish over his home-state Washington Huskies on Dec. 29. Russell, who also received offers from USC and Cal, among others, rushed for at least 1,200 yards in each of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, including 1,850 yards as a junior and 1,293 yards as a senior, despite missing three games due to injury.
Russell, who participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, provides versatility with his ability to catch passes out of the backfield and can play in the slot if necessary. Russell’s elusiveness and change of pace ability also provides a nice complement to fellow Irish signee running back Will Mahone’s more powerful running game.