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Russell Backs Off Commitment

Russell Backs Off Commitment

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- Less than 24 hours after making a verbal commitment to North Carolina, Christian Russell retracted the pledge.

"I wanted to commit and we committed and everything, but Coach [Milton] Butts said it was too early," Russell said. "So he fixed everything. He told me to take my time and stuff, so that's what I'm going to do." Russell, a 6-foot, 210-pound junior linebacker, said he and his mother spoke to the UNC coaches Monday...

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