Brazil breaks down The Opening

LSU commit Jeryl Brazil, the four-star CB from Loranger High School in southeast Louisiana, represented/executed at a high level over the weekend at The Opening.

Jeryl Brazil blazed a 4.32 (laser) at The Opening, the fastest time of all among an all-star crew of participants from around the nation.

By clocking that time, Brazil easily won The Fastest Man honors in Oregon, a state that doesn't exactly have a similar climate to the sub-tropical conditions that exist in Brazil's home state of Louisiana.

For the record, he's a senior at Loranger High School, a rural Class 3A program located in the southeast corner of the state (60 miles northeast of Baton Rouge). During his prep career, Brazil, as you'd expect, has owned the 100 and 200 meter dashes (and 55-meter indoor and virtually whatever distance you want him to win at).

He competes in sprints, often consisting of 55 or 60 meters, at elite events (often vs. much older competitors) across the nation and abroad.

"The highlight of The Opening was running the 4.32," he said. "That set the tempo for the following days.

"The Opening was a good experience. I did good on defense in the 7-on-7 tournament. I don't know how many catches I had (he had at least a couple that provided the game-winning margin in one contest). I had a few touchdowns. It was fun competing. I got the official invite to play in the Under-Armour (All-American) Game, and I'm going to play in it (in January 2013)."

Next, Brazil will attend LSU camp, as well as continue to prepare for his fast-approaching senior season (starts next month).

"I'm ready to get back to my team in Louisiana," he said. "For us to maximize our success, we're going to have to know how to put points on the board. We have to make plays. "

The Wolves went 10-2 in 2011. Their only losses came to eventual state runner-up Amite (during district) and to Port Allen (and four-star Texas A&M commit Darian Claiborne) in the second round of the playoffs.

Loranger led Port Allen for almost the entire game, but Claiborne, the Pelicans' star QB/LB, broke free for a long touchdown jaunt in the fourth quarter to lift Port Allen to the win.

Brazil was pleased with his effort at The Opening.

"I felt like it went really well, except when I got put one-on-one in a corner with a 6-foot-6 guy like O.J. Howard (four-star TE and Alabama commit)," he laughed.

"I was impressed with (four-star WR and USC commit) Eldridge Massington. There were a lot of good ones there. It was what you expected - with all the great players. I enjoyed the company of (four-star RB/Bama commit) Altee Tenpenny and (four-star CB/Bama commit) Maurice Smith (who were on 7-on-7 teammates of Brazil).

"There's nothing for LSU fans to worry about or anything, though. There was a bunch of 'Roll Tide' and 'Go Tigers' going back-and-forth between us."

Brazil was hoping to get the official word about the UA Bowl - and was glad that he did.

"That made me really happy," he said of landing the invite to play in the all-star game next year in Florida.

Brazil played a variety of positions last year for Loranger: WR/RB/QB/CB and, of course, deadly return man on special teams.

This year he'll be the sole starter at quarterback (played Wildcat last year when starting QB wasn't in the game) - and will also lock down some "trouble" WRs at CB.

He'll return punts and kicks, obviously, which should continue right on at LSU. Brazil is expected to concentrate on corner on the next level for head coach Les Miles, but he could play slot receiver (and get carries), too.


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