Guelph has added a fourth London recruit t0 their 2012 recruiting class. That comes on top of eight London recruits in the 2011 class. The latest prospect is quarterback Jeff Russell, a tall, mobile QB with a strong arm. Russell was a team captain at Oakridge Secondary and led the Oaks offense to a productive season in 2011. They were the 2nd highest scoring team among the ten schools in TVRA Tier 1 football averaging 24.5 ppg. The 22 points they scored on A.B. Lucas in a playoff loss to the eventual Western Bowl champs was by far the most the Vikings gave up all season. In eight games Russell passed for 1342 yards and 12 TDs with only 6 INTs. He also rushed for 163 yards and 2 TDs.
The 6’3″ and 195-pound Russell also played high school basketball and hockey for the Oakridge Oaks. In the spring he ran track and threw the javelin. In 2010, Russell played quarterback for the London Falcons in the OVFL at the JV level. At least he began the season at the JV level but he was promoted mid-year to the Varsity team when they had a need at QB.
You will see in Russell’s highlight video he played in a spread offense with many similarities to what is used at Guelph. Above, I called Russell a mobile QB and you will see that he is almost always moving when he throws the ball. The only play I recall him staying put in the pocket was when he was setting up a screen pass. He may not be asked to roll out as much in Guelph but its important that he can do it. I think he fits the mold for the Gryphon offense.