Posted: 8:42 pm Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Donald Russell picks Kentucky 

By Jason Lieser

Dwyer running back Donald Russell has chosen Kentucky over Southern Mississippi and he verbally committed to the Wildcats.

Russell was one of the area’s top running backs last season and is ranked No. 16 among area college recruits. He is the 18th player among the top 25 to commit early.

He also had offers from Rutgers and USF, among other schools.

Earlier this month, it appeared Russell would commit to Southern Miss, but a visit to Kentucky changed his mind. It is safe to assume he was intrigued by the opportunity to play against some of the SEC schools that ignored him, particularly the one in Gainesville. His decision has been expected for the past week.