Just a few weeks after his junior season ended, Georgia Tech and Florida came in with offers for the star defensive tackle.
Alabama offered just after the New Year, and a week ago, Russell received an offer from the home state school.
"I was in my class, actually, and my coach called me down to his office," Russell said. "When I got there, I met the new defensive line coach, Coach (Chris) Wilson, and he just told me that they were going to go ahead and offer me a scholarship and that they really like me."
Russell, who isn't a man of many words, had a simple reaction to the offer from UGA.
"I was really excited to get the offer," he said. "Georgia is a big time program and it is great to get an offer. Coach Wilson seems like a really good guy."
At 6-foot-3 and 305 pounds, Russell is an excellent athlete for a big man, so it is no wonder that big time programs came calling over a year before he could sign with a program.
That still hasn't stopped the humble standout from being surprised by the attention.