Hard Work & Raw Talent

Bearcat Insider caught up with future Bearcat Landon Brazile and he spoke about making his transgression from basketball to football.

Dayton (Ohio) Thurgood Marshall defensive end Landon Brazile credits Head Coach Earl White for helping him make the decision to play football over basketball. After playing basketball up until his senior year, it looks like the 6-foot-6, 225-pound Brazile made a good choice in playing football.

"My head coach influenced me to play football and actually realizing that basketball really was not gonna workout for me," Brazile explained. "Just playing against some of the better players and my football coach talking to me, telling me the things that could make me successful if I played football. He also told me the minute I step onto a football field I would be a Division 1 recruit, so I gave it a try and things worked out well," he added.

Brazile is listed as a defensive end but says Cincinnati Bearcats offered him as a athlete and with his basketball body, you can see why. "They want to put some weight on me, " he stated. "I'm either gonna be a tight end or defensive end when I get to UC."

He brings to campus a lot of raw talent and upside. With his size Brazile could be a force on either side of the ball, but he feels the defensive side is where he fits the best.

"I just feel I'm a good pass rusher, I love to rush the quarterback and get sacks in the backfield," Brazile said. "I like to be physical, I'm a physical player, my technique with my hands are getting better. I feel like on the defensive end I can bring UC a great pass rush and sound technique," he added.

Brazile told Bearcat Insider what made UC the fit for him, "they have good coaches like Coach Tommy Tuberville and Coach Robert Prunty from the Big 12," he said. "The whole staff is a family, really good people, I love the facilities and it's somewhere I want to start my career."

Brazile and the Thurgood Marshall Cougars continue their run at a State Championship as they face Tippecanoe in the 2nd round of the Ohio State Playoffs. This past Friday they beat Western Brown 76-40 on the road to advance.

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