QB Tyler Russell (6-5 210) of Meridian, MS has been committed to Mississippi State, but with the coaching change there, he's looking around at other opportunities. One is USC. "Coach Spurrier called me last Monday," Russell said. "He wanted me to come in this weekend but I'm playing in the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game. I'll probably take a visit there in late December or early January."
Russell said it was former Mississippi State offensive coordinator Woody McCorvey who tipped off Spurrier about him. Spurrier got some film of Russell and apparently liked what he saw. "He said I was the type of guy they want to get in there this year," Russell said. "They are going to take one quarterback and he indicated I'm the guy he wants."
Alabama also is showing strong interest in Russell, and Mississippi State is keeping in touch thru the athletics director. "He said he can't talk about the candidates with me but he wants to get someone in there who wants to open up the offense. I'm still committed to Mississippi State but I'm waiting to see what kind of coach they get. I'm kind of open but still committed. I can't burn any bridges because you don't know what kind of offense the new coach will run."
This season Russell led his team to a state championship passing for 3300 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushing for about 500 yards and 9 touchdowns. He threw just 5 interceptions and completed 67% of his passes. He is primarly a pocket passer who did roll out more this season and throw on the run. And his coach had him run some option plays.