Brazil: "Felt Like a Big Dream"
Jeryl Brazil
Jeryl Brazil
South Recruiting
Posted Jul 21, 2011
Mike Coppage

Jeryl Brazil, the all-purpose athlete from Loranger (La.) High School, is the first member of LSU's '13 class after yesterday's pledge to the Tigers. When Brazil awoke this morning, he said it "felt like a big dream."

"It feels great to commit to LSU. I'm glad that I went ahead and got it (recruiting) over with," said Jeryl Brazil. "I had been wanting to commit.

"Earlier in the week, I went to Alabama's camp to make sure I was making the right decision with LSU. I only stayed for one practice at Alabama. I didn't really like it there."

Brazil surprised his mom with the big news.

"I had the commitment in mind before I got to LSU yesterday, but my mom didn't know I was going to go ahead and do it," he explained. "I texted her while I was in the players' lounge and let her know.

"She's the most influential person in my life. We have a really great relationship. We get along well, and I can talk about anything with her."

The reaction from the Loranger community has been remarkable.

"Everybody is proud of me. No one feels like I made the wrong decision," said Brazil. "It felt like a big dream when I woke up this morning. I think I'm the first player from Loranger to ever commit to LSU for football."

What's next for Brazil?

"We leave next week for our team camp at Pearl River Community College," he said. "We'll be there for three days. This year, I want to bond with my team, beat the rivals that are on our schedule, have a better record and make it to the Superdome.

"I plan to work on getting in and out of the holes quicker (when running the football). I want to increase my agility and improve my footwork - anything to make me a better football player."

Amite, which is probably Loranger's fiercest rival, features '13 RB James Oden.

Last week, Oden ran a 4.32 at LSU, which has prompted fans to ask who is faster: Oden or Brazil?

"I can beat James in a race," said Brazil. "We've competed head-to-head in track. He's a good football player and had a really good season two years ago. I don't think he played as many games last year; he may have gotten injured."

On October 28th (week nine), you can watch Oden and Brazil match up on the field at Amite. Both teams are ranked in the Class 3A preseason Top 10.

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