Brazil discusses upcoming plans

Four-star athlete Jeryl Brazil of Loranger tells TSD his plans going forward on official visits. His high school coach, Sammy Messina, opens up on his star player and the team's first-round playoff game this weekend.

It's been the question I've fielded more than any other regarding LSU football's Class of 2013 in the past five or six weeks.

Why is Jeryl Brazil listed as a "soft verbal?"

A somewhat clouded subject is now clearer after the four-star prospect confirmed for TSD his visitation plans once his high school season comes to a close.

"I'm going to take official visits to Alabama, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Houston," Brazil told TSD via phone following Loranger's practice Wednesday afternoon.

The 5-9, 180-pound speedster indicated his commitment to LSU is still strong, but he said he intends to pursue the above travel schedule after the college football regular season is over.

By rule, Scout lists any committed player with official visits scheduled elsewhere as a "soft verbal."

But, despite the technicality, Brazil's high school coach, Sammy Messina, said Brazil has never wavered in his commitment. "He hasn't come off LSU at all."

Messina also explained that his do-everything player has been enamored with the Tiger Stadium environment throughout this season.

"I know he was at the game last weekend," continued Messina. "He's been going pretty regularly to LSU after games Friday for their Saturday night games."

Perhaps the more interesting topic is where Brazil will play when he gets to TigerTown.

The prevailing thought has been that he'd fit in better in the secondary, but Messina said Brazil hasn't been too concerned with the subject.

"No, he hasn't talked to me about it," Messina said. "They told him that they want him to play DB, which he plays some DB for us too. But that was early.

"I guess whatever needs he fits, because with his speed he's a weapon with the ball in his hands."

Asked if Brazil would be a better cornerback or safety Messina answered, "Probably corner. I think he can play corner for them. With his demeanor and where his skills are right now, I think he could do it. But then most people that can play corner can play safety, so I guess it's all about whatever needs they have."

The player himself echoed a similar sentiment, saying the question of where he'll end up doesn't cross his mind too often.

"I'm not really positive like for sure, but I know they're talking about both sides," said Brazil. "Not really sure at the moment, but it doesn't matter to me."

For the meantime his most important duty is as quarterback for Loranger High School, the fourth-ranked team in 3A entering the first round of the playoffs this weekend.

No. 4 Loranger will host No. 29 Kaplan, a matchup Messina said will test his squad and Brazil.

"They're a very good football team. They're well-coached, hard-nosed," explained Messina. "They're going to try to run the ball, keep it away from you and play good, sound defense. They're not going to make too many mistakes. They'll wait for you to make one."

Messina added that it's up to Brazil, whose lead recruiters at LSU are Frank Wilson and Corey Raymond, to help minimize the mistakes for Loranger to get the opening-round win and advance.

"Well he's playing quarterback, so if he can manage the game and keep us from making mistakes and turning the ball over, things in that aspect of the game, I think that's main thing for him in this game," said Messina. "He'll have to be patient. When he's patient we're pretty good."

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