Why is Russell Washington from Harrells Academy not getting more attention?

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  • tarheelfan41 Jan 15, 2013
    Veteran

    How did he do at the combine? Those combines don't care where you are from. If you have the talent it will shine through. If you are all hype that shows as well. If he didn't go that speaks volume as well.

  • scousler Jan 15, 2013
    Pro

    All your arguments about how great this kid's stats are, are not relevant if he doesn't play against quality competition. Fact is he had good seasons while playing other small independent schools, put up those numbers in a 3A, 4A, 4AA conference and the recruiters will beat a path to his door.

  • blakegarwood Jan 14, 2013
    Towel Boy

    @jonestae71- You may not know as much as you think...I have seen many 4AA D1 running back prospects, and I have yet to see many players better than him--there are ones who are AS good, but NOT BETTER(Excluding Todd Gurley/Keith Marshall and the other TOP D1 prospects). His stats match up with the best--period. Harrells is the #1 rushing team in the COUNTRY, don't take my word for it, check for yourself on maxpreps. Obviously, they have a talented O-line and 2 other stud running backs(well...relative to their competition)but without him they would not be the same. And for your information, many players from these teams have transferred and done just fine playing with the big boys. I am not saying all of them are capable of this, it is very clear that these teams are better, but there are talented players on most teams in this division. Don't argue with me about this unless you have seen several of these games yourself.

  • jonestae71 Jan 12, 2013
    Rookie

    independent schools are no comp , he needs to play at a public school, If he plays like he is now in a public school then he would of been A top D1 prospect !

  • Cape Fear Trojan Jan 6, 2013
    Towel Boy

    This is why i don't post on blogs much. Nothing but a bunch of people that have no clue what the kids family situation is or what marketing has been done. Your just assuming.

  • schiess Jan 4, 2013
    All Star

    Totally agree with you randy and pirate,you only get back what you put into it.being a great player is only part of the equation and if they can't market these players the proper way they go by unnoticed .

  • randythorntonv3 Jan 3, 2013
    Rookie

    pirate, excellent post and 100% correct. You cant expect the scouts to find every recruit out there. It is up to the young man and his family to also get him exposure.

  • piratefball172 Jan 3, 2013
    Sports Legend

    It is also about the exposure the kid gets. He needs to attend at least one combine, and a few summer camps. I only had 3 Division II offers my junior year. Coach Bailey arrived, and helped with my recruting. I ran a 4.49 and 4.50 flat at camp, benched 225 16 times, and did well in 7 on 7's at an ECU camp. Earned a scholarship on the spot. He needs to market himself. If a kid isn't getting exposure, he needs to create his own buzz.

  • Cape Fear Trojan Dec 29, 2012
    Towel Boy

    And there are tons of kids that fly under the radar who don't get discovered or get that chance till later. Nate Irving comes to mind for you Pack fans and Justin Hardy was walk on at ECU and he will play on Sundays. Write it down!

  • Cape Fear Trojan Dec 29, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Several of you have no clue what your talking about. First of all there have been multiple Division 1 schools that have acquired about Russell. He is a stud, whether he plays in a private school conference or not. He is getting his grades up and if he continues at the current pace...he will be just fine. His current coach has said he may be one of the best athletes and players he has ever coached. He just got back recently from a official visit with a local school, and they loved his game tape. The athletic department at his school has marketed him and done everything possible to get this kid a chance. He is a physical specimen for a kid his age and has the strength and body that a lot of college sophomores don't have. IF this kid gets a chance, you will see!!

  • randythorntonv3 Dec 24, 2012
    Rookie

    Cj, it is nice to see that some folks believe what they type. It is good to have confidence in what you believe.

    Seems you and I disagree. Nice that we can all have opinions. I know two kids on our HS team that run 4.5, 10.7 100.

    And when the OP's player does exactly as you ask then maybe someone can explain why he isn't being recruited as heavily as the OP would like.

  • cjhiggins Dec 24, 2012
    Rookie

    This pertains to EVERY kid who plays high school football in North Carolina. I want to see a kid run a laser-timed 4.5 or better 40. Not 4.58 or 4.54 but a 4.50 or better laser-timed 40. I then want to see that same kid bench 300+ lbs. I bet there are not many in the state that can do both. This is of course not the only way to determine future college success but that is a rare combination of speed and strength on the high school level.

  • schiess Dec 24, 2012
    All Star

    Blake,before you say he doesn't get any looks you have to ask is he getting the proper exposure to all of the schools of his choice?he needs proper direction from his coaches and how to get his player portfolio to the proper scouts .scouts don't see every single player,it's impossible for them .he needs to get the right folks to help him ,they should try all three college levels and connect with their athletic departments.its a lot of work but they want to see film of these players and the people in his corner should get rid of the d1 mentality and ask him does he want to play college ball?if he does then maybe play down because he might go to a d1 school and never play a snap.

  • cjhiggins Dec 24, 2012
    Rookie

    randythornton it is good to want. I want you to stop deluding yourself. You do not know football if you think there are "tons" of kids who run a legit (do you know what legit means?)40 time. Two years ago at the Nike Combine in Charlotte there were over 1,100 kids there including numerous players who signed D-1 scholarships and the BEST laser timed 40 time was 4.53. It is good to want and you want to be right but unfortunately you are not. Get your facts together and then rejoin the conversation.

  • randythorntonv3 Dec 23, 2012
    Rookie

    Well, I know of at least 3-4 in the GNRC who run 4.5 and they aren't being that heavily recruited.

    Why don't you tell us why he is not being recruited then

  • blakegarwood Dec 23, 2012
    Towel Boy

    @randy, there are several other d1 recruits in his conference who in my opinion, are inferior. And sorry but unless you play for don bosco, benching 300 and running a 4.5 automatically makes you unique. NC football is very solid, but those stats are still very good-for anywhere, or any team.

  • randythorntonv3 Dec 23, 2012
    Rookie

    Sorry, I disagree and it is nice that you guys want to see a list. It is good to want.

    I don't have a dog in this fight either, but if this kid is so outstanding there is a reason for the topic of the original post and my opinion is his lack of experience playing big time HS football

  • cjhiggins Dec 23, 2012
    Rookie

    randy thorntonv3 I disagree that there are "tons" of kids who run a legit 4.5 40 and bench over 300 lbs. in high school. There are some but not "tons". I don't have a dog in this fight but I would like to know your definition of "tons" and yes I would like to see this list of kids.

  • football74 Dec 23, 2012
    Towel Boy

    I don't know much about this kid but I will say that just because rivals doesn't say he has qny offers doesn't mean he isn't being looked at. I know someone who has a d1 aa offer and he.is not on rivals at all. I am sure he will play somewhere from what I have heard about him above.

  • randythorntonv3 Dec 23, 2012
    Rookie

    Blake, why do you need the names of the kids? Does that change the fact that he is being over looked.

    I gave you a reason why and I think I am correct.

    We have a 9th grader that runs a 4.6 and benches over 300.

    I guess benching 185lbs 45 times just isn't that important to colleges if this young man is being over looked.

  • Yessirboi Dec 23, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    Coach Aldridge at Harrells is one of the best coaches in the state. He had a tremendous amount of success at East Duplin. I am more then positive he is doing everything in his power to get this young man into college some where.

  • blakegarwood Dec 21, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Name them, and name 3 who benched 185 over 45 times combine official. Then il change my opinion

  • randythorntonv3 Dec 21, 2012
    Rookie

    There are a ton of kids whon run 4.5's and bench over 300. I can name 3 on our HS team. Nothing special. If he wants to play at the next level, he needs to play against better competition.

  • blakegarwood Dec 21, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Very true, while most of the teams have a few players who may have college potential, it is not like the public school programs. However, you cannot fully understand his potential until you have seen him out of pads, he looks like he could be a d1 football player right now, and with his 4.5 forty yard dash and 315+ Bench I figured this was enough. Will make at the very least a solid d2 player

  • jakins96 Dec 21, 2012
    Towel Boy

    I think recruiters probably are skeptical about the stats of players coming from independent private schools in North Carolina and, as such, they discount the players' accomplishments. When Davidson Day gave up 80 points to Harrells Academy, they also put up 104 points. I would argue that this level of competition is subpar because any teams that would collectively give up 184 points are not as good in comparison with public schools in North Carolina. Unlike other states, the independent school product is not as respected as public schools. With maybe the Davidson Day quarterback excepted, if a kid wants to seriously be considered for post-high school football, he needs to attend a school which allows him to showcase his talents against better competition.

  • blakegarwood Dec 20, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Rushed for over 35 touchdowns his junior year and I think over 45 his senior year. Rushed for 430 yardsand 8 touchdowns against Davidson Day School, a team with much D1 talent. Athletically he is a freak, 6'0 210 benched 185 over 45 times at the Oasis Shrine Bowl Combine. and ran a 4.5. I know the competition is not great but it seems like he should be getting more attention and right now on his rivals profile there do not appear to be any offers, maybe grades?

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