NORMAN — Highly coveted junior college defensive tackle Quincy Russell still hasn’t arrived in Norman, but Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops expects that to change this week.
“From what I understand, all work is finished and handed in and we’re just waiting for the schools to make sure, however they do it, process it all and we’re hopeful that’s any day now,” Stoops said.
Russell signed with Oklahoma in December after two seasons at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College. The San Antonio native originally signed with Texas out of high school and was considered an essential piece of the Sooners’ 2013 recruiting class.
However, the Sooners expected him to be on campus in January. Instead, they’ve waited over seven months for Russell to get his academics in order.
Apparently, that part is complete.
Assuming Russell can start practice this week, he’ll join a thin group of defensive tackles. Chuka Ndulue was moved from end to tackle to soften the blow of losing 2012 seniors Stacy McGee, Jamarkus McFarland and Casey Walker. What remains has never started a college game.
Russell, who is 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, would help that group. But there’s still the matter of him getting in shape to play.
Stoops downplayed that issue Monday. He expects the former juco All-American to be physical ready to play when he arrives and shouldn’t need much extra work to get up to playing speed.
“I don’t want to say it’s easy to learn (the defensive tackle position) ,but basically it’s just about technique and the learning part of it. What he needs to do, he’ll learn that fairly quickly,” Stoops said. “From what we understand visiting with him and people he’s worked with, he’s worked really hard and is in really good shape. If that’s the case, he’ll pick it up rather quickly.”