DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Florida safety commit Randy Russell has heard from three schools since Jim McElwain’s departure.
The 4-star safety from Miami Carol City told SEC Country that Georgia, Michigan and Louisville reached out to him in hopes of securing an official visit.
But at this time, Russell is locked in with Florida.
“I just love the Gators,” he said Friday after Carol City’s 17-10 win over Daytona Beach Mainland. “There’s no other school that I went to where I felt like home. That’s my second home.”
Florida interim coach Randy Shannon and defensive backs coach Corey Bell landed Russell on July 22 after he visited UF twice in the summer.
Russell would like to see Bell and Shannon retained but said he will stick “if they stay or if they go.”
The early enrollee said he intends to sign with the Gators on Dec. 22 — no matter whom the head coach is.
“My commitment is still solid with all the things going on,” Russell said. “I love Coach Mac dearly. Still have a strong relationship with Coach Bell and Coach Shannon. But if things don’t go how I want them to go, I’m solid either way.”
Russell will attend the Florida-FSU game and plans to officially visit UF next month.
247Sports ranks Russell as the nation’s No. 12 safety and No. 183 overall prospect. Despite his firmness to Florida, Russell did not rule out possible visits to Georgia, Michigan and Louisville.
“I may consider all three, enjoy the process and just see things different,” Russell said, “but I’m all in.”