January 17, 2012

Late QB Push

Last week, Baylor coach Art Briles said he knew that the football program had to reignite its quarterback recruiting efforts.

The unknown became known when Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III officially declared for the NFL draft. Baylor's coaching staff had obviously done its homework with several prospects prior to Griffin's move. Now, the staff is hoping that the late case it is making toward Garland's Seth Russell will pay off. Currently committed to Kansas, Russell is visiting Waco this weekend.

"Seth is really interested in them,'' Garland coach Jeff Jordan said. "He was at some of their bowl practices and understands what they're trying to do.''

This coming weekend is going to be Baylor's big recruiting weekend where most of 2012 class is expected to be on campus. This is not breaking news for Kansas. Jordan said Russell he let the current coaching staff - under the direction of Charlie Weis - know he was taking the visit. The Jayhawks just landed the transfer for former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist who can play immediately.

Before the coaching change from Turner Gill to Weis, Russell learned that it wasn't a guarantee that his commitment was going to be honored. Johnson said they then put out the word to any and all parties they would be interested if there was mutual interest.

Rated the fifth-best of all of the 2012 dual threat quarterbacks, Jordan compares the 6-4 signal caller to a Vince Young type of quarter in that he runs pretty well and has the physical tools to play the position. Battling a chipped bone in his right thumb and then breaking the left middle finger in the playoffs, Russell still had a solid season for the Owls.

He threw for 1,551 yards and completed 56 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 500 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and eight scores. Because he plays for the basketball team, Russell isn't as fully active in the offseason program. However, the tools are there.

"He's a whole lot different from RG3,'' Jordan said. "He doesn't look all that fast but then you look up and he's by you. He has long strides. He was running 4.4s in all of the camps. He really understands the game and is going to help somebody.''

Briefly…
Midday on Tuesday, we had a text exchange with JUCO wide receiver standout Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson said he hasn't decided on where he will take his fifth and final visit. It appears that it will be this weekend. Patterson is deciding whether to visit Baylor or LSU.



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