(Photo: Kaleb Russell/Instagram)
Andy Whitley and the Bellarmine Knights picked up a commitment in the 2022 class on Friday night, as Salesianum, Del., attackman/midfielder Kaleb Russell announced that he would be taking his talents to Louisville.
Russell is the second commitment in the class for the Knights, joining Grossmont, Calif., midfielder Ziggy Iannessa who verbaled to the Knights in mid November.
“Coach (Andy) Whitley, Coach (Nicholas) Marks and Coach (Steve) Soriano have made me feel nothing but wanted during this whole process, constantly reaching out and making sure I was going to be very happy with my decision,” Russell told Lacrosse Bucket.
While in-person recruiting and visits are still off the table due to the recruiting dead period implemented by the NCAA, Russell was able to get to Louisville and take a regular admissions tour of campus. He stated that the visit made him feel that “the academic aspect was perfect.”
Bellarmine first-year defensive coordinator Nicholas Marks initially reached out to Russell in October and head coach Andy Whitley made contact with the dynamic offensive weapon soon after. “I’ve had some great conversations with the staff over the phone and zoom calls,” Russell said.
On film, the 5-foot-10, 155-pound junior’s speed immediately shows itself. He is able to attack from both up top and behind the cage, and has an impressive shooting acumen.
As far as his game is concerned, Russell said that he is focused on improving his dodging game. Coming into the 2021 season, he has one main goal in mind. “My biggest goal is to take home the Delaware state championship. All of our boys have been working tirelessly to get ourselves ready to bring home the trophy again.”