Denard Robinson is the quarterback of the Michigan Wolverines. You may have heard of him. He’s kind of a big deal. Overwhelmingly seen as the heir to Denard’s throne, Michigan also has Devin Gardner. He was a blue chip local prospect who selected Michigan over offers from Notre Dame, Oregon and Nebraska. He, too, is a pretty big deal.
“I know the guys that I have to compete with, and it’s going to be a high level of competition…I’m excited to go up there and prove myself. I know there’re a lot of people who are kinda doubting me. And there’s nothing wrong with that! But I understand that I have to prove myself, and I’m excited to get a chance, and it’s all on my shoulders now.”
“Obviously it’s a pro style offense; it’s different than the spread. You know, pass the ball, check-down, check-down, check-down. Not, if you’re first read’s not there, just take off. So that’s what I’m going to be working on a lot: progression reads.”
“Recruitment started off pretty slow because all the way up until school my junior year, I played baseball; [I’ve played] ever since I’ve been a little kid, and so that consumes your whole summer. So I didn’t get to go to all these college one-day camps because I was playing baseball…it’s at these camps where you get noticed, and so I don’t know if that had an effect on my recruiting…after my Junior football season, I decided to quit baseball, and then I made a highlight tape and sent it out to coaches, and about a week after I started getting some responses…”
“…I ended up choosing Purdue [on] June 1st. I’ll never forget that. But then the best opportunity I’ve ever had fell in my lap. In the middle of January, I got a call from my head coach, and he said ‘hey Russ, Michigan called; are you interested?’ He left me that voicemail, and I was just like ‘is that even a question?’ So I called him back, and then Coach Borges ended up coming down here to my school, and then he came for a home visit right after that, and we sat here from about 6:30 on just sitting here talking, and on the way back to the hotel, he called me and offered me, and me and my dad were going insane. So I took an official visit as soon as I could…and on the plane ride home, I switched my commitment.”
Russell “isn’t a shy guy” and I get the sense that he’ll do well with the leadership aspects of the quarterback position, such as building relationships with teammates, modeling strong practice routines and asserting himself vocally. With the ability to both run and throw, his maturation as a leader and passer will be fun to watch over the next four years.
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