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Miami Hurricanes 2024 Recruiting Notebook: DL Daylen Russell

The Columbus pipeline continues to be strong for the Hurricanes

DL Daylen Russell joins the Miami Defensive Line

In this installment of The Recruiting Notebook, we meet a talented defender who joins a retooling Canes defensive line: Miami (FL) Columbus 3-star DL Daylen Russell.


In the effort to add talent to the roster, the Miami Hurricanes turned their attention to and recruiting effort to Miami (FL) Columbus DL Daylen Russell.

A 6’1” 235lb defender, Russell has played bigger than his size and been a key piece for Columbus over the past few years. In 2022 as a junior, Russell posted 84 tackles, 13 TFL, 10 sacks, 8 QBH and 3 FF. For his efforts, Russell was named the Miami-Dade Defensive Player of the Year by the Miami Herald. Oh, and he helped Columbus win an FHSAA State Championship along the way.

Russell, who had received scholarship offers from Miami and Florida State previously in his HSFB career, took precious few visits after his DPOY season. He visited Miami for Junior Day in January, Louisville for an unofficial in March...and that was it. Russell decided to take Miami up on their offer and committed to the Canes in May.

Following his commitment to Miami, Russell had another good season for Columbus as the Explorers won a second consecutive FHSAA State Championship. The talented defender posted 49 tackles, 12 TFLs, 6 sacks, 7 QB hurries, and 1 FR on the year.

Recruiting Ranking

On the 247sports composite, Russell is a 3-star prospect, the #129 DL nationally, #163 in the State of Florida, and #1213 player overall in this class.

Russell committed to Miami over 8 scholarship offers from around the country, including Florida State and Louisville.

As A Player

Russell looks a bit larger than his listed 6’1” 235lbs. I’d have him around 255-260lbs, which is okay, but a bit light for an interior defensive lineman. Obviously, he’s been very productive at the HS level, even playing in Florida’s highest classification, but additional size and strength will be needed for Russell to find his way onto the field for the Canes.

Russell plays with a high motor, which is key to his success. He chase offensive players down from all angles, and has an affect on both the pass and run games of his opponents.

Russell mainly played edge in HS. He was productive, but I’m not sure that’s the spot for him in college, or on the Miami roster. He doesn’t fit the mold of the edge rushers Miami’s recruited — both traditionally and in this class — so a move inside would be advisable.

At edge, Russell played in a 2-point stance often. Again, as he moves inside, that will be a thing of the past for him. He does play from a 3-point stance as well.


  • Productivity
  • High motor


  • Undersized for DT
  • Doesn’t fit physical mold for EDGE on this roster
  • Needs to add weight
  • Technique as he transitions inside

Miami Outlook

Note: changed this up from just a freshman-season outlook to a career outlook for each player a couple years ago and we’re continuing that style this year as well.

Russell has a long list of HSFB accolades, but he’ll need to do some serious development work, both on his body and his technique, when he transitions to college at Miami.

An undersized player at either EDGE or DT, Russell will need time — likely 2 years — to reshape his body to put him in a place to find his way onto the field.

Russell appears to be a program player — depth on the roster who plays sparingly unless there are a rash of injuries or other absences. Could he develop into a rotation player? Sure, that’s possible. But, honestly, I’m not sure he’ll be able to have a larger impact than that in his career at Miami. If Russell develops into a rotation player or better, that would be an unqualified win for Miami with this scholarship.

That’s it for this installment of The Recruiting Notebook.

Go Canes