Brazil starts playoffs with a bang

First 2013 LSU commit runs for 113 and two scores, picks off a pass in Loranger's 34-14 bi-district victory against West Feliciana

LSU hosted a number of underclassmen on unofficial visits for Saturday’s 42-9 win against Western Kentucky, including the Tigers’ lone commitment from the 2013 class: Loranger’s Jeryl Brazil.


LSU picked up a pledge from Brazil at the team’s July camp, one month after coach Les Miles verbally offered the rising junior.


The 5-foot-9, 176-pounder, who runs a 4.35 40-yard dash, worked out as a cornerback and wide receiver during camp, but he said the staff isn’t ready to decide which side of the ball to utilize him on.


“They have some time to work that out,” Brazil said. “I will play on either side. Right now I’m just excited to have the chance to be part of what they have going on.


“I am the first player from Loranger to sign a football scholarship with LSU. People around the community are really happy about that. It’s a great time for them.”


Things are even better for Wolves fans given the regular season that Brazil and his teammates put in.


Loranger finished at 9-1, losing only to Amite, 27-0 on Oct. 28, the second-to-last game on the schedule.


“This is the best season we have had since 1969,” Brazil said. “The hype around here is crazy.”


Loranger earned a No. 3 seed in the Class 3A state playoffs, and the Wolves tore apart No. 30 seed West Feliciana 34-14 on Friday night.


Brazil’s biggest play came on a 64-yard touchdown run that gave Loranger the 27-0 lead at halftime.


“I did pretty well in the opening round, and we got the win and move on to play Port Allen,” Brazil said. “I had two touchdowns and an interception in the first one. Now my focus is on next week.”


The following day, Brazil was on the sideline in Tiger Stadium.


“I enjoyed the game, and it was pretty cool to see everyone,” he said. “I like being around the other recruits, especially the 2012 guys. I am friends with a majority of them, guys like Kavahra Holmes and Lamar Louis and Travin Dural.


“I also got a chance to talk with Coach (Ron) Cooper and Coach Miles. They are still pretty happy to have me as that first commitment to the class. They think it will be a big year for them in 2013.”


Loranger hosts Port Allen in regional round play at 7 p.m. Friday.

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