Interview with Russel Gage
By Reid Althage
LAFM: Name, position, school?
My name is Russel Gage, I played for Redemptorist High School this past season. I am committed and signed to play with Louisiana State University.
LAFM: Current height and weight?
6-0, 174 lbs
LAFM: Any notable statistics from your senior season?
Well I played both defense and offense. I had 9 INTs and 2 of them I returned for touchdowns. I had about 22 total touchdowns on the season.
LAFM: Favorite football player of all time? Why?
On defense I will say Troy Polamalu. On offense I will say Peyton Manning. Troy Polamalu always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He commands the defense and is all over the field. Peyton Manning is basically the same thing as Polamalu but on offense. He controls the line of scrimmage. It is incredible how smart he can be, and his ability to make adjustments is amazing.
LAFM: You are committed to LSU. What other schools were next in line if you had to say 1-3?
If I am looking at a top 3, it would probably be TCU, Tulane, and LA Tech.
LAFM: Why did you choose LSU?
The SEC is the strongest conference in college football. With that being said, LSU is one of the strongest teams in the SEC conference. It is a great opportunity to play at such a high level.
LAFM: What did you enjoy the most about your recruitment process?
At first the recruitment process is real exciting. As it carries on, you get all the phone calls, the attention, and it is a lot to keep up with. I enjoyed seeing all of the different colleges, atmospheres, teams, and things universities had to offer. That would be the most enjoyable part of the process.
LAFM: Who are some people that stand out as major factors in choosing LSU?
I would definitely say my mom, my dad, and even my sister a little. LSU is so close to home. My coaches at Redemptorist really helped me and educated me. My family and I did not know much about the recruitment process. My coaches were able to introduce us to it and prepare us for it.
LAFM: You are an athlete. Where does LSU want you to play?
In High School, I played all over the field whether it was QB, WR, or DB. LSU wants me to be a CB as of now.
LAFM: How does it feel to be a part of one the top recruiting classes in the top nation?
It feels great. I am proud to be apart of such a special class. I am really excited to play with some of the top guys in the nation.
LAFM: What kind of player are the Tigers getting in yourself?
I am long, tall, lengthy, shifty, can jump really high, and am quick. I have really good ball skills and have played all over the park. When it comes to playing CB, I have the ability to make a play or react to the ball. They are getting a guy who can play defense and make plays on the ball.
LAFM: What is one thing you think that you need to improve upon going to the next level?
LAFM: What are you most excited about going into next year and playing football for LSU?
Coming out to those lights and playing in Death Valley. It should be really exciting and a great experience.
LAFM: What advice can you give the 2015 class on their recruitment process?
I guess I would tell them to weigh their options. Look at everything a team has to offer. Do not be afraid to take advice and listen to your parents and coaches. They are only trying to help you.
LAFM: What did you enjoy about Redemptorist High School, and how did they prepare you for playing football at the next level?
I enjoyed a lot about Redemptorist. The support you receive from the school is amazing. Our principal, Dr. Maribeth Anderick, is a real football person. I remember when she first got their and told us she was going to try and be at every game. She loves football. The school does a great job supporting you, and I really loved the school. I cannot say enough about Redemptorist.
I had many coaches who helped me prepare for college football. I have to say Coach (Terrance) Williams helped me the most. He came in last year as our head coach with a goal. He came in wanting to get Redemptorist back to a great program. He did a lot overall to prepare me. One thing that stands out the most were the 110s in the middle of the day. You have 30 seconds to go 110 yards, then a 30 second rest, and you go again. We would do 26 of those. Although brutal, we really needed them and it got us in great shape. In the end, the strive he had for us and the way he got everyone on board was really special.