Florida Football Recruiting: Keelon Russell locks in official visit

The four-star QB will be in Gainesville starting June 7
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Yesterday saw a slew of prospects lock in their official visit in June to check out Florida Football and see if they want to be a future Gator.

One of those prospects isn't one that is necessarily a position of need in the 2025 class, but one who would be a great player to get.

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Keelon Russell is a quarterback out of Duncanville, TX. Listed at 6'2" and 185 pounds, he is a consensus four-star and is in the top 100 overall prospects for On3, 247, and Rivals.

Even though he may not have the pure size of some other QBs, there is a lot to like about his game. He threw for 3,267 yards in 15 games in 2023 with a 73% completion rate. He threw 35 touchdowns against just three interceptions.

Nicknamed "Dot Em" it is easy on film to see why Russell is considered one of the top QBs in the 2025 cycle. He almost always hits his receivers in stride, had very little panic in the pocket, and is able to make throws from all sorts of angles. Even when pressure is in his face, Russell finds a way to escape and find someone down the field.

And unlike a couple of other 2025 QBs the Gators have been looking at, Russell can run too. He racked up 304 yards rushing and has real speed once in the open. His fastest certified time during the 2024 track season is a 50.29 in the open 400, though his X profile claims a 47-second split within the 4 x 4, which, given what he shows on the football field, is believable.

Russell is committed to SMU and is going to take his official visit there later this month, but he did announce a visit to Florida on June 7.

As we have said with all the 2025 QBs, given the presence of DJ Lagway in Gainesville, we wouldn't be shocked if most of the top QBs in the class of 2025 stayed away. But it never hurts to have as many talented QBs in the room as possible and Russell would be a good one to land if the Gators can make him flip.