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Brossette smashes state record
Nicholas Brossette and LSU RB Kenny Hilliard communicated before last week's University game, which saw Brossette break Hilliard's state record for most total career touchdowns (120). "I texted with him before the game," Brossette said. "(Hilliard) asked if I was the guy he'd seen playing back in my eighth-grade year. We didn't play each other's schools, but he'd seen me (starring as starting varsity RB while in junior high). "LSU's coaches have been keeping up with my season, and when I broke the record they were all happy and showed me love." He talked about traveling to Tuscaloosa. "As a trip it was good because my mom and my brother both went," he said. "It was a disappointing game; we'll get them next year. "LSU ran the ball effectively in the first half. I liked how, passing-wise, Mettenberger was able spread the ball around to backs and receivers. Odell Beckham stepped up big. He and Jarvis and Terrence Magee, I think." U-High is seeded second behind John Curtis Christian in Div. II. "It'd be a great game if we played against them," Brossette said of the Patriots, ranked No. 22 in the nation. "I have a couple of friends playing against for them: Malachi Dupre and Mattrell McGraw. We'd have to come out and play together as one unit against them." U-High hosts No. 15 St. Louis Catholic in the first round. Brossette frequently toils under the watchful eye of LSU head coach Les Miles, whose son Manny is the team's starting quarterback. "I try not to think about any of the coaches being at my games," Brossette admitted. "I have to keep my head focused and keep grinding." There's a great chance that Brossette and another Baton Rouge area back, Catholic four-star Derrius Guice, will be the two 2015 RBs signed by the Tigers. "That's my boy," Brossette said. What does the nation's No. 9 RB say about settling in as an LSU commit (announced in late August)? "It did take a lot of pressure off me," he acknowledged. "I feel good about it. I was able to be focused on grades and just being a kid." He gained 2,200-plus yards rushing last year and was near the 1,200-yard mark a couple of weeks ago.
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