Saturday, February 5, 2011

Russell Commits to Stonehill

Keene High senior lineman Taylor Russell (who is also a pretty good basketball player) has committed to play college football at Stonehill College.

"I'm signing my letter of intent for Stonehill College in the NE-10" said Russell. "They gave me a scholarship and a big grant."

Russell had a breakout senior season for the Blackbirds in 2010. He is 6'4", 280 lbs. He is a big, strong kid who is exceptionally quick for his size and he loves to hit. Anyone who saw him play this season knew they were watching a scholarship player. I had the good fortune of seeing him play 3 times.

Russell made a number of big time plays defensively in Keene's 16-14 win over Merrimack. He also gave Bishop Guertin fits in both of the meetings between the two teams. He also is the best player on the Keene High basketball team. Russell hit the 'Shot Heard Round the RAC' last spring in the NH AAU State Tournament when he hit the game-winning three-pointer for Bishop Elite as they beat the heavily favored Granite State Jayhawks.

The Stonehill Skyhawks are coming off a 5-5 season, one which they won 2 of their last 3 games and 3 of their last 5. They are led by head coach Robert Talley, who is a former assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Other NH kids on the roster include DE Patrick Rooney (Salem, NH), Christopher Bolte (Tilton, NH), FB Jordan Smith (Northfield, NH) and DB Dylan Brodeur (Nashua, NH).

Congrats to Taylor, and best of luck at Stonehill!

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