Russell is the No. 220 overall recruit in the 2023 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
On3 has Russell as a top-200 prospect, slotting him in at No. 176 in the 2023 On300.
Joey McGuire has been making waves on the trail since taking over as Texas Tech head coach earlier this month. One thing he has been quick to do is enter the recruitments of recent decommits or players who coaches were fired or left.
He wasted no time doing the same with Russell.
Cordale Russell is 1 of 5 players to decommit from SMU on Wednesday
Wednesday was not a good day for the Mustangs.
In addition to Cordale Russell, four players in the 2022 recruiting class decommitted from SMU. They are Garland (Texas) four-star wide receiver Jordan Hudson, Garland (Texas) four-star safety Chance Biddle, Grand Prairie (Texas) three-star running back Savion Red and Richland (Texas) North Richland Hills three-star wide receiver C.J. Nelson.
The three decommits saw the Mustangs drop from No. 43 to No. 65 in the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Ranking.
Hudson and Biddle were the only two four-stars in the SMU recruiting class. Hudson is the No. 104 prospect in the On3 Consensus, while Biddle is the No. 159 player.
With the future of SMU head coach Sonny Dykes and assistant head coach Ra’Shaad Samples — one of the best young recruiters in the country — up in the air, it appears these prospects are expecting them to move on in the coming days.
“I definitely want to thank the amazing SMU staff for providing me with the opportunity to play football at the next level,” Russell tweeted. “After careful considerations and discussions with my family, I have decided to decommit from SMU.”