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Former Mariner HS star KeiVarae Russell part of academic fraud investigation at Notre Dame

KeiVarae Russell, the former Mariner High School star who was heavily recruited by Washington before signing with Notre Dame in 2012, is one of four players who has been suspended by Notre Dame while the school investigates claims of academic fraud.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick confirmed the identities of the suspended players during a news conference a few minutes ago.

Russell starred as a running back and defensive back at Mariner. He plays cornerback for the Irish. Back in December 2011, Russell had narrowed his college choices to Notre Dame and Washington. He said he chose to sign with the Irish because, as he told The Seattle Times, "Notre Dame, as far as athletically and academically, you can't beat it. Once you get a degree from Notre Dame, you're basically set for life."

You might remember Russell as one of the principle characters in former TNT reporter Doug Pacey's story (it's no longer hosted on the TNT's site, hence the Longview Daily News link) about the animosity directed toward local recruits who choose to leave the area to play college football.

The other suspended Notre Dame players are receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore.