Running back Donald Russell and tight end Alex Smith, formerly at Kentucky, say they are enrolling at Georgia State, according to their facebook pages. The sports information department can’t confirm if they are going to join the football team, though Smith posted that he is a studying football player at Georgia State. SB Nation Atlanta reported that they have, citing sources.
Russell, a 5-11, 209-pound native of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., rushed 77 times for 430 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Wildcats. He also caught 14 passes for 134 yards. His best game came last season against Charleston Southern when he rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Curiously, he got just one carry in the next game at Vanderbilt and didn’t play in the regular-season finale against Tennessee.
He could provide an instant boost to an offense whose leading rusher last season, backup quarterback Kelton Hill, may face a cloudy future with the team.
The Panthers averaged 123.3 rushing yards per game last season. Hill averaged 37.8 yards per game.
Russell was granted his release from Kentucky in 2010 after he lost the back-up job.
Smith, a four-star prospect in high school in Cincinnati, was dismissed from the Wildcats after violating team rules. He redshirted last season. At 6-5, 251 pounds, he could offer a big target for whomever wins the quarterback job. An honor-roll student in high school, he caught 50 passes in his last two seasons at Lakota West.
He originally committed to Cincinnati but then changed his mind and opened up his recruiting again.
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