Brazile Secures Spot In Bearcats Class

Tuesday's decision by Landon Brazile to give Cincinnati his pledge was not on impulse. The Dayton (Ohio) native talked with Bearcat Insider about his decision.

Entering the recruiting process early this summer was something Landon Brazile never gave much thought about.

A long time basketball player, Brazile was encouraged by friends, family and others to give football a chance his senior year. Now, the first year high school player has become a committed future student-athlete at the University of Cincinnati.

"My trip back to Cincinnati went well," said Brazile. "This trip was mainly for my mom and sister. I had told them how nice everything was at Cincinnati and they wanted to see it for themselves.

"So the second time around I noticed some new things I didn't see before and really enjoyed talking more with the coaches. Cincinnati just seemed like the right fit for me and my family."

When did Brazile know he was going to pledge?

"I thought about it some last night and throughout the day," he said. "So it wasn't a surprise that I did it as I kind of anticipated doing it."

Still feeling the sting of the many handshakes he received following his commitment from the Bearcats coaching staff, Brazile knows he made the staff happy with his decision.

"We were all meeting up at the football office when I told coach (Tyson) Helton and coach (Robert) Prunty that I wanted to commit," explained Brazile. "They were both smiling and coach Helton was clapping and they wouldn't stop shaking my hand."

His commitment received the full endorsement from his family.

"My family is a big part of my life," said Brazile. "My parents told me they would find a way to watch me play no matter where I went to school. But Cincinnati makes it easy for them to be around me and I feel this is a great fit for many other reasons."

As for his future on the field, Brazile knows that has yet to be determined.

"The coaches said they want me to be open as they are recruiting me as an athlete," he said. "Coach Prunty told me he would like to work with me at defensive end over tight end and I think that is where I would like to play. But I want to do what is best for the team."

Plans to visit programs like Indiana and Arkansas in August have now been canceled with his commitment secured.

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