SMU QB commit Keelon Russell has the Florida Gators as a top school

The Florida Gators coaching staff had several quarterbacks on campus this weekend including one currently committed to another school.

SMU quarterback commit Keelon Russell (6-3, 175, Duncanville, TX. High) was on campus on Saturday and enjoyed getting to meet the coaching staff.

“It was amazing, we drove down, like a 14-hour drive and got here around 10 P.M. [Friday],” Russell said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “I got to talk to a lot of the coaches, amazing coaches that know what they’re doing. They love me over there; I could feel it.”

While on campus Russell got the grand tour of what the Gators have to offer, and he liked the vibe around campus.

“I seen a lot of different things, seeing a lot of stuff that could fit my game,” he said on what he got to do during the trip. “The type of environment and the stadium they have, it could fit me. Building that relationship with the coaches was amazing, I had a fun time with Coach [Ryan] O’Hara, he’s a real cool dude. I love his energy and vibe.

Head coach Billy Napier spent a lot of time with Russell and his family on Saturday and offered the quarterback a scholarship to Florida.

“Coach Napier was amazing too, talking to him was great,” Russell said on talking to Coach Napier. “He was the one to offer me when we were talking. He was saying that I was a weapon and amazing. He said I’m athletic and can throw the ball and he compared my game to Lamar Jackson. He said he would love to take me and develop me as a quarterback.”

Quarterback analyst Ryan O’Hara also met with Russell on Saturday and explained to him what the Gators like about his game.

“He said I’m a dog with my athleticism, footwork, and the way I can just pass the ball,” he said on what O’Hara likes about his game. “He said I have it all and they love my playstyle.”

After picking up an offer from the Gators on Saturday, Russell says Florida is a big factor in his recruitment and he plans to return to Gainesville.

“The offer means a lot to me, Florida is a top school for me now,” Russell said on his interest in Florida. “They’re on the high end of my recruitment, I was excited to get the offer. I’m most definitely coming back this spring, I want to look at a lot more things.”


Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.