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SI All-American Candidate Hammond Russell IV Highlights and Evaluation

Hammond Russell IV is a defensive end prospect from Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio. Russell is an SI All-American candidate.

Prospect: DE Hammond Russell IV 
Projected Position: Defensive End
Status: SI All-American candidate
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 245 pounds
School: Dublin (Ohio) Coffman
Committed to: West Virginia 

Frame: Tall and rangy, with budding size. Broad shoulders, wide chest taper to taut waist. Long arms. Powerful, tightly-wound thighs and trunk. Ample room for additional mass.

Athleticism: Impressive short-area quickness. Makes fast, decisive cuts; sudden for size and frame. Good hip and ankle flexibility. Solid strength at point of attack and on move. Adequate speed; strides aren’t as fluid as you’d expect based on other traits. 

Instincts: High-intensity, multiple-effort player. Relishes physicality. Fires off ball at snap, occasionally crossing lineman’s face into backfield. Comfortable rushing with power and finesse. Capable of taking on blocks, holding up at POA.

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Polish: Very active arms and hands against run and pass. Shows bull rush, swim, rip and long-arm as pass-rusher. Occasionally loses base, especially in space.

Bottom Line: Russell is a strong, athletic defensive end with the versatility to affect the game in multiple areas at the next level. Best suited lining up on strong side of four-down scheme, but could slide inside on passing downs with additional weight. Projects as reliable, multi-year starter for Mountaineers.