Coach Brian Kelly received his 17th commitment for the 2012 recruiting class today from RB Keivarae Russell (Everett, WA - Mariner). Russell chose the Irish over in-state Washington and is listed at 6'0" and 170 lbs.
He joins William Mahone as RB commitments for the class. Russell is playing in the US Army All-American Bowl in January.
Recruiting Service Rankings:
ESPN - 3 Star (#25 RB, #5 WA), 79 Grade
Rivals - 4 Star (#7 ATH, #3 WA), #117 Overall (5.8 Grade)
Scout - 4 Star (#24 RB), #208 Overall
247Sports - 4 Star (#5 APB, #2 WA), #78 Overall (95 Grade)
MaxPreps - 4.5 Star, #138 Overall
On to the highlights after the jump.
KeiVarae Russell 2010 Recruiting Video (via DickKalla)
Like many RBs coming out of high school, Russell excelled based on superior athleticism. While he shows excellent burst and change of direction, I think he needs a full year of strength and conditioning before seeing action on the collegiate level.
Russell should be a nice compliment to classmate William Mahone's power running style. He has great acceleration and pass-catching ability out of the backfield, so he will be a great fit for the BK's spread offense. Additionally, Russell has been a solid performer as a DB in high school, so he has the flexibility to change positions if needed.
Welcome to Notre Dame KeiVarae!