MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The night before the start of the NCAA’s new early signing period, Randy Russell went to sleep confident in his decision to join the Florida Gators.

The next morning, he woke up giving a final thought to Louisville, lending some late suspense to his already eventful recruiting process.

“I went to bed UF, woke up thinking about Louisville, but it all came down to being late in the process,” Russell said, reflecting back on the stressful conclusion. “I told [Florida] I was going to send it in at 7, as soon as I woke up, just fax it in. And then I didn’t sign until like 10:15 so they got worried.”

But in the end, the hard-hitting safety stuck with the pledge he made in July and faxed in his national letter of intent to Florida on Wednesday morning while wasting little time transitioning from recruit to recruiter.

A few days later, Russell was tweeting at the top uncommitted prospects on Florida’s wish list while saying he’ll continue to try to sell others on what he believes is a strong future for the program under new coach Dan Mullen.

#ToTheSwamp @barneswilliam7 #ToTheSwamp @NicholasPetit #ToTheSwamp @TopNotchDG #ToTheSwamp @noahjefferson_ #ToTheSwamp @Drew_Chatfield #ToTheSwamp @JCope1era #ToTheSwamp @TheTommyBush11

— 21 (@randy_knows) December 23, 2017

“Guys like [4-star DE] Andrew Chatfield, [5-star CB] Patrick Surtain [Jr.], [5-star CB] Tyson Campbell … I’m strong on those guys. I’m always aggravating them, always hitting them up, ‘Bro, still thinking about Florida? You trying to come? You want to come?’” Russell said Friday afternoon in his home. “I just want to have one of the top classes because I know we have one of the top coaching staffs in the country.”

Even if it wasn’t the coaching staff that initially