For Minco’s Cavin Russell, getting to continue his football career at the next level is a dream come true.
After a successful career playing for the Minco Bulldogs, Russell will be continuing his playing career in Minnesota with the Yellowjackets of Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota. As a quarterback, Russell cannot wait for his opportunity to compete at RCTC and appreciates the fact that the years of hard work have paid off in an opportunity that not everybody gets.
“It is truly a privilege. Not many get this opportunity. It has been my goal to play at the next level since I was little,” Russell said in a response to The Express-Star. “It is just another chance to prove to myself and to others that I belong.”
Coming from a Class A school, Russell mentioned that he spent the recruiting process trying to get his name out there, whether it was sending in film or traveling to camps. Getting exposure was key to getting this opportunity.
All of the work eventually paid off, and RCTC ended up being the school to stand out after everything was said and done. The RCTC football program announced Russell as a signee on Twitter last week.
One of the things that intrigued Russell was RCTC’s style of play on offense. He believes that the offensive system will give him the best chance to continue developing at the quarterback position. He also immediately clicked with the staff and players on a visit to the school.
“I feel like this is the place to further develop who I am as a player,” Russell said. “The coaches and players are enjoyable.”
Playing football as long as he has, Russell’s career had been building up to the moment he was able earn the opportunity to play at the next level. Over the years, the sport became more than just a game to him.
“It has been everything to me for the past 15 years. When you’ve put in this much work, it is not just a game or a hobby. It is a lifestyle, and you develop a passion for the game,” he said.
One person proud of Russell’s achievement is his high school head coach. Minco head football coach Brock Wardlaw said he is proud of Russell and cannot wait to see what he accomplishes going forward.
Wardlaw also mentioned that Russell put together one of the best statistical seasons from a Minco quarterback in 2019 as a senior captain. According to the stats provided by Minco, Russell threw for 2,403 yards and 34 touchdowns to just three interceptions his senior season.
“(He is) a hard-working young man that put in the time to have the success he had this season,” Wardlaw said about Russell's senior season.
The stats provided by Minco also show that Russell improved in several statistical categories each of his high school seasons.
Russell earned multiple honors for his strong play as a senior, being named Quarterback of the Year from District A-3. The Oklahoma Coaches Association named Russell to the Class A All-Star by Class team from the west.
Minco went 10-2 in 2019, winning its first nine games of the regular season. The Bulldogs eventually advanced to the second round of the postseason.
Throughout his playing career, Russell was able to play in front of a supportive community. Minco will always be an important part of Russell’s story.
“Minco is a football town through and through. From the flags on Main Street to the paw prints leading you to the field, you definitely knew when Friday had rolled around. The stands were always packed, home or away, and everyone always knows your name,” he said. “The community is second to none.”