With transfer portal season officially upon us, college football fans are beginning to witness big names from their favorite teams announce their decision to enter the portal.
While Russell did not see the field in his freshman season with the Horned Frogs, the Texas native was a massive recruiting win for Sonny Dykes’ team back in the Class of 2023.
Coming out of high school, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver was listed as a four-star prospect by the 247Sports index as well as the nation’s 65th-ranked player. He also checked in as the 12th-ranked receiver in his class and the 11th-ranked player in the state of Texas.
National recruiting expert Chris Singletary spoke on Russell’s upside saying, “Russell is a player that has a muscular frame that he will continue to grow into and fill out. He has a very good length and wingspan that he utilizes and does a good job on his releases stemming the defensive back and getting into his routes. Russell knows how to use his size to shield off defenders on inside routes where he uses his length and ball skills to make catches in traffic. As he continues to master the route tree and gets faster, he has a lot of growth left in his game. He is a Power 5 receiver who can become better as he works on his game and skill set.”
TCU will now have a new spot to fill ahead of the 2024 season. Still, with this offseason shaping up to include one of the busiest portal cycles in college football history, Dykes should have some options available for replacement.