Plainview sophomore Eli Russ, one of the most sought-after recruits in Oklahoma, has donned the black and orange of the Oklahoma State Cowboys since he was a little kid, with his parents both attending college in Stillwater.
At the Oklahoma State spring game this weekend, the 6-foot-5 305-pound tackle made a decision to keep black and orange in his wardrobe for years to come, giving his verbal commitment to play football for the Cowboys as part of the class of 2020.
“My parents went there and I’ve played with some people who are there right now and I’ve seen how the school has helped them grow,” Russ said. “It just felt right.”
Russ is the third-ranked player in Oklahoma and the 21st-ranked tackle in his class, according to 247Sports.
After his first full season starting for the Indians football team, Russ received offers from the University of North Texas and the University of Tulsa and interest from a bevy of Division-I programs.
But last week, after attending a practice in Stillwater, Russ said he made up his mind.
“After seeing how coach Gundy ran practices and how the team worked in the weight room, my mind was made up,” Russ said.
But after informing the team of his commitment, the program wanted him to wait for the Spring Game to announce his decision.
With two years of high school football remaining, Russ said committing early is a weight lifted off his shoulders.
“It’s a relief really, being able to know where I’m going to go and start working on the plays we’re going to run and how big and fast I need to get,” Russ said. “It’s better to know all that now.”
Russ is Oklahoma State’s first commitment of the 2020 class.