- Tyler Harden
Four-star wide receiver and TCU Commit, Cordale Russell, speaks on TCU's recent success this season
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TCU has been one of the best teams in college football this season. In the most recent College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings, TCU was ranked at No. 4, giving the Horned Frogs a potential bid into the College Football Playoff.
From a recruiting standpoint, TCU’s season has given the coaching staff an advantage. The program’s momentum is something the coaching staff can use to pitch to recruits to convince them to commit to the school. But for four-star wide receiver, Cordale Russell, it was more than just what the program can offer him.
Russell is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver from North Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas. He is ranked as the No. 25 wide receiver in the country, the No. 37 recruit in Texas, and the No. 203 overall recruit in the country, according to 247sports.
When it came down to a decision, Russell wasn’t making a decision just for himself, but for himself and his family. TCU was the best school for his future, and also for his family.
“It’s the best fit for me and my family, it’s not just about me,” Russell said. “It’s not too close, it’s not too far, my family can come to my home games.”
In addition, Russell thought TCU would be the best place for him to develop as a player and achieve his dream of making it to the NFL. He felt in order to do that, he has to be around the right people as well as a successful program, not just a successful program with people that only care about what he does on the field.
“I’m going somewhere where it’s putting me in a position to accomplish my dreams and get to the NFL,” Russell said. “I’m not going somewhere because of the name, if that was the case I would’ve just committed to a name. Committing to a name, you could’ve been somewhere where they treat you like family.”
With this approach from the coaching staff, TCU has been able to recruit very well, especially in Texas. Of their 20 commits, 17 are from Texas. TCU currently holds the No. 22 ranked recruiting class in the country, according to 247sports.
“I’ve got really good relationships,” Russell said. “I’m a real easy-going dude; I’m not a person that’s real distant. We’re all cool, we all talk, and I’m real locked in with a lot of the players that are already there.”
But having an undefeated season will draw a lot of recruits as well, and Russell and his class are looking forward to watching the Horned Frogs continue their success this season. But he doesn’t plan on slowing down once he gets to Fort Worth.
“For all my Frog fans out there, we’re going to keep getting dubs,” Russell said. “We’re 9-0 right now, going to go in and beat Texas this weekend, be 10-0.”