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Issac Slows Brazley Down
Posted Sep 3, 2012
Eugene Brazley knows all about hurricanes. He's witnessed first hand the devastation that Katrina brought to New Orleans, La. Issac wasn't as devastating, but it's caused enough damage where he hasn't had any electricity in a week. It also canceled all high school games Friday in the Big Easy.
"The toughest thing is just not having any electricity," Brazley said about the storm. "It gets kind of scary around here with all kind of things going on. You just have to have someone watching your belongings on the porch while everyone else is inside. We're kind of getting used to it by now. It seems like this happens every year around here."
New Orleans Carver high school and
got off to a disappointing start in week one.
"We lost 14-12 against Franklinton. Our quarterback didn't play. His mother was in an accident and we had to put in our back-up. We just did the best we could without our main guy and actually did pretty well considering our back-up had never played in a game before. I didn't get the ball much. I had about 20 yards on three carries. I didn't get many touches because we were working on passing plays with our young quarterback."
In the preseason game against Miller McCoy, Brazley showed why some are pointing towards him as New Orleans' top slot back.
"I had nine carries for 162 yards and three TDs. I've been working hard running up hills. I try and emulate what Walter Payton used to do to get himself ready so I run a bunch of hills. It's helped my footwork. Another thing I've really worked hard on is running the ball with my left hand. I'm getting my stiff arm down."
Last season the 5' 9", 175-pound back had over 1,800 yards of offense and 28 TDs. That earned him early offers from Ole Miss and Tennessee. He committed to the Rebels in the spring but did attend a couple more camps this summer.
"I went to LSU and Arizona State's camps. Arizona State offered me but LSU said they were only signing one back. I don't know what they're going to do."
A few more scholarship offers have followed.
"Tennessee, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Southern Miss, Memphis, and Houston have offered me so far."
How did the visit to ASU go?
"They showed me around their campus and showed me how I'd fit in their offense. They want to get me one-on-one with the safeties and make them miss. Ole Miss wants to use me the same way."
Does Brazley still feel solid with his Ole Miss commit?
"I just like Ole Miss. I have a great relationship with their coaches. I feel good about my decision. I'll probably still take some visits, but someone will have to show me a lot to change my mind. Ole Miss is a great fit for me."
Brazley was in contact with his recruiter from Ole Miss, Grant Heard, after the Rebels' season-opening win Saturday.
"He told me that it was time for me to come up there and see a game, and I told him I was coming. I just have to take care of everything down here first with the hurricane and all. I told him I was still committed, and they're excited about me. I'm excited to get in that offense. They run the same things we run here."
Why was Ole Miss the best school for Brazley?
"They were the first school who offered me, and I just like how they compliment my game. We run the spread offense and they do too. They want to get me over in the slot the same way my high school does."
What other schools are staying in contact that has not offered?
"Texas A&M, Colorado, and Mississippi State. MSU came to our school twice. Their recruiter gave me his card, but I haven't called him back yet. They write me a lot though."
Where does Ole Miss plan to play Brazley, slot or tailback?
"Both, really. They have three of us committed at running back. They told me they'll probably take four in all. They said there are a lot of playing time opportunities for us. Coach Nix said they were going to commit a big 220-pound back (
) so they could have someone to pound the ball. My role is going to get some rushes and get a lot of bubble screens and get me out in space. That's what I do best."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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