2014 Signing Class | Physical defender who will clog up the middle ... 62 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 3 sacks as a senior earning first team all-state honors ... helped the Trojans to the 2013 Class 4A state championship game ... high school coach was Rayvan Teague ... Under Armour All-America Game ... also a track and field letterman ... Scout No. 12 DT, Top 150 nationally ... 247sports No. 12 DT, Top 150 overall ... Rivals No. 13 DT, Top 200 nationally ... ESPN No. 14 DT, Top 200 overall ... PrepStar Top 20 DT ... son of Latrice Russell and Donald Russell.
Coach Garner: "Dontavius is an athletic, big kid. His uncle (Dennis Wallace) played here. He's explosive. He's quick. He can run. He's smart. He's strong at the point of attack. He's a true inside guy that not only can play the run, but he has some quickness and athleticism and can create a pass rush."
Coach Malzahn: "He is a very big athletic guy. He is a high character guy. We are very excited about him."