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Friday Night Lights Countdown: #5 Russell

The summer college football camp season comes to an end this week with Florida staging their annual Friday Night Lights Camp.

FNL, which can draw anywhere from 15 or more four and five star prospects, has long been considered one of the premiere college camps of the summer.

Even at an event such as this, for whatever reason, there's still a handful of prospects we are looking forward to seeing more than the others.

This week Inside the Gators will countdown the five prospects we most anticipate seeing on Friday night under the lights.


* Alley: The latest on Justin Fields

* Friday Night Lights Visitor Updates

* No regret from Florida commit Upshaw

* Five-star to visit Florida next week

* Final rundown of Gators defensive targets at The Opening

* Final rundown of Gators offensive targets at The Opening




Competition: Louisville, Michigan, UCLA & Virginia Tech

Analyst Reaction: “Russell has decent size. His calling card is his physicality. He still working to become a polished defense back, but the upside he carries is obvious. Russell shines at the safety spot and will likely progress as a college prospect as he learns to better break on the ball. Everything that can't be coached is there in spades, making him a prospect that could take a giant step forward as a senior. ” – Southeast Analyst Rob Cassidy

The Bottom Line: With the recent defection of C.J. Smith, Russell is an even bigger target for Florida. A week or two ago it would have been a good bet that if Florida were to pick up a commitment on Friday night, it would come from Russell. While yes the Gators are still in the driver's seat and the team to beat, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him commit, the truth is he is now equally as liable to see him take a couple of visits this fall before pulling the trigger.


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