Vols offer Brazil

East Mississippi CC cornerback Jeryl Brazil, an LSU transfer, received an offer from Tennessee a few days ago...

Jeryl Brazil could return to the SEC after a stint with the defending junior college national champions.

"Coach Butch Jones from Tennessee offered," Brazil said. "That's the first time I had heard from Tennessee since I was in high school, and it took me by surprise.

"It feels great; it's a good feeling to know I have places to go when I leave here. From doing my research I know that Tennessee is a really cool, nice place with a lot of history surrounding their program."

Brazil transferred from LSU after some off-the-field trouble that will soon be in the rearview mirror if he takes care of business.

"I just have one more court date," he said. "Coach Jones told me he likes me as a ball player. I really appreciate how they're giving me another chance.

"He said I'm the guy they want to play corner, and that I can make a huge impact. It means a lot that they didn't get all caught up in the legal situation. It's a big deal to me for Tennessee to step up like that."

Brazil is making the most of his opportunity at East Mississippi.

"It's a good place to be ducked off to get my head right," he said.

Cincinnati has also shown interest in Brazil, who hopes to visit Tennessee as soon as possible.

A four-star prospect coming out of Loranger High School in the southeast corner of the state, he is a world-class sprinter who has traveled the globe competing in track events.

Brazil also played quarterback for his high school team. He was expected to return kicks and possibly take snaps at running back at LSU.

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