GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With his mother in tow, 4-star defensive back Randy Russell visited Florida this weekend for the first time since the hiring of new coach Dan Mullen.

Russell, one of seven official visitors for UF, committed to the Gators on July 22 and didn’t waver during the coaching changes. His latest trip confirmed his reasons for choosing Florida.

“This visit was good, man. Really good,” Russell told SEC Country. “It made me realize why I was really committed and why I made this my home.”

The top-200 prospect from Miami Carol City High School drove up to Gainesville several times in the summer and fall, including trips with his mother. But their official visit this weekend exceeded expectations.

“I loved it. They gave us royal treatment,” said Russell’s mother, Keisha Carnegie. “The other visits were good, but this one was just over the top. I truly enjoyed it. I felt like I was a millionaire.

“They feed us about six times a day. I felt like I put about 10 pounds on, but they welcomed us with open arms. They treated us like the 4-star athlete that he is. So I was grateful for the visit.”

Russell was grateful for her reaction.

“I just want her to happy,” he said. “There was some confusion with the staff changes, but the new coaches really showed her why they wanted me here. And as long as she’s comfortable, I’m comfortable.”

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound defensive back said he spoke at length with new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who plans to use Russell as a rover in the secondary. He is ranked the nation’s No. 16 safety and No. 195 overall prospect by 247Sports.

Russell also spent time with Mullen, who conducted an in-home visit with him in late November.

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