The Southeastern Conference is built around strength and speed, and lately LSU head coach Les Miles hasn’t found a shortage of the latter around the state of Louisiana.
Last month Breaux Bridge wide receiver Kavahra Holmes traveled to Baton Rouge for the state track meet, where he laid down a blazing 46.3 in the 400-meter, which was at the time good for best in the country.
When he returned to Baton Rouge this past week to work out at the first LSU camp of the summer, Holmes showed off the rest of his arsenal. By Tuesday, Miles had the rising senior into his office and put an offer on the table, and Holmes became the newest member of the 2012 class.
The following day the staff got to work on the 2013 class, and Miles went back for more speed when he offered a scholarship to Loranger athlete Jeryl Brazil.
Prior to his two-day stay in Baton Rouge, Brazil was representing the United States, with a group assembled by the National Scholastic Sports Foundation, in the Caribbean Scholastic Invitation in Puerto Rico.
He placed second in the 100 (10.5) and 200 (21.6), and he captured a title in the 20-and-under 400 relay with a time of 40.32.
Back in the States, Brazil put back on the pads – and the Tigers staff continued to keep the rising junior moving.
“They tested me and I ran a 4.3 (40-yard dash), had a 34” vertical, and jumped 10-2 in the broad,” said Brazil, who measured in at 5-10, 178. “Then they started working me out at every position.
“I did cornerback with coach (Ron) Cooper, then went over to receiver, then I played some running back with coach Frank (Wilson). I felt like I had some success everywhere. Those are the two coaches who seemed to really like me, and they both said that they would talk with me and being recruiting me to LSU these next couple years.”
When camp ended, Cooper invited Brazil to visit with Miles in his office.
Soon after, Brazil had his first offer in hand.
“That moment right there was cooler than Puerto Rico,” he laughed. “It’s a huge opportunity, and I guess I was a little surprised that it was my first offer.
“Les said that he could use my cornerback abilities and my speed on offense, but I feel like I will get looks on the defensive side. Of the three positions, I think I would like to be at cornerback. But it really doesn’t matter. I just want to be out there.”
Brazil said that the headman didn’t ask for his pledge during the meeting, instead advising him to continue to explore options before settling on a final decision.
“He let me know they wanted me by offering, and he said to just talk things over and think about the options,” he said. “I am going to go to some more SEC camps, because that’s on my mind. I have some places I am thinking of, but nothing planned.”