The countdown to the 2019 football season is down to single digits for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs will be playing Louisiana in just nine days at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Today’s spotlighted player is No. 9, De’Monte Russell.
Russell is a talented a four-star defensive end prospect according to 247Sports and ESPN. He was considered a three-star prospect by Rivals. Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi, Russell was ranked as the No. 10 recruit from the state of Mississippi by 247Sports and the 14th overall recruit from the state by Rivals and ESPN. 247Sports also considered the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder to be the eighth-best weakside defensive end in the country.
Prepping at Provine High School, Russell tallied 131 total tackles over his high school career, including 37 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks. As a senior, Russell collected 52 tackles with 12 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Following his senior campaign, he accepted an invitation to compete in the 2019 Under Armour All-American Game and earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Under Armour Big Man Challenge.
He tallied 58 total tackles as a junior with a career-best 18 tackles for loss and six sacks.
The Jackson native originally committed to Mississippi State on April 12, 2018. He signed with the Bulldogs on on Dec. 19, 2018 over offers from Florida State, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
Heading into the 2019 season, Russell will add explosion and depth to the defensive end position for the Bulldogs. According to defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, he could potentially have a role on 3rd down in his first year with the team. Being only a freshman, Russell has tons of potential to develop into a big-time pass rusher for the Bulldogs in the future.