Signee Update: Jeryl Brazil

In less than two days the LSU Class of 2013 will converge upon Baton Rouge, reporting for summer classes and workouts. Among the crowd in TigerTown will be four-star signee Jeryl Brazil. TSD's Ben Love discusses where he'll line up and what kind of impact he can have this fall.

The report date for incoming freshmen is almost here. In two days, on Friday, June 7, the Class of 2013 will assemble on campus for the first time together, readying themselves for summer workouts conducted by strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt.

One of the players who will report is Loranger product Jeryl Brazil. The blazing-fast athlete has the capability to line up at a number of places on the field, including on special teams duty.

Here is a detailed look at Brazil's path to becoming a Tiger and how he projects in year one wearing the purple and gold.

Recruiting Rewind

Brazil, a do-it-all athlete with world-class speed, was on radars across the NCAA landscape very early in his high school days. His exploits on the track stood out even more than on the gridiron at first. And, being within striking distance of the LSU campus, the Tiger staff put a lot of emphasis on landing Brazil. As such he became the first LSU pledge in the 2013 class when he pulled the trigger on July 21, 2011, during the summer leading up to his junior season. The next Tiger commitment in the class (Tre'Davious White) didn't arrive for almost six months.

But that doesn't mean Brazil's recruitment was without some drama. He took an official visit to Arkansas on Sept. 14, 2012, resulting in his being listed as a "soft verbal." His status stayed that way for more than two months. It didn't seem to help when, on Nov. 7, 2012, he told TSD he still planned on taking official visits to Alabama, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Houston after his senior season was finished. Brazil's tune – and soft verbal status – changed quickly, as only seven days later he reported to TSD he was done with visits after all. He took a final visit to LSU on Jan. 18, 2013, and signed with LSU less than a month later, spurning other offers from Arkansas, Florida State and Southern Miss, among others. Frank Wilson served as his primary recruiter.

Skills Analysis

When talking about Jeryl Brazil, the first word that comes to mind is speed. Standing 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, Brazil is not only at the top of the Louisiana ranks on the track but one of, it not the, fastest prep stars in the nation. In March he won the 60-meter dash at the New Balance National Indoor Track Meet in New York City with a time of 6.70. Brazil's skills on the gridiron also made him an Under Armour All American. He truly was one of the 2013 class' most gifted athletes.

On the high school level his primary concern was at quarterback for Loranger, and he was devastating with the ball in his hands. His blazing speed, quick cuts and general elusiveness also made him a natural on all special teams return units. Brazil did play some defensive back on the prep scene, but, considering he was needed elsewhere as a playmaker, it wasn't his primary emphasis. He isn't as tall as LSU's prototypical and preferred cornerback, but Brazil has all the tools necessary to play the position in Baton Rouge. It will just take some seasoning and dedication to learning the position's craft.

Freshman Impact

Simply because of how fast and electric he is, LSU fans will likely expect a lot from the four-star signee. Brazil has the goods to deliver on his promise and potential, but he'll first have to settle in on a position. He told TSD on numerous occasions last fall that the Tiger staff wants him to get a look on both sides of the ball, even while LSU remained steadfast they like Brazil as a defensive back. So expect him to get his first reps at cornerback.

If he stays there, the best-case scenario for Brazil in 2013 is that he lands an occasional role in nickel and dime packages. However, should things somehow go south for Jeremy Hill and his legal situation, it seems certain LSU will have to give Brazil a try at running back for sheer numbers purposes. With more physical presences like Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee already at the position, Brazil would make for a very nice change-of-pace scat back. No matter where he lands, offense or defense, he'll be one of the first names considered for kickoff return duty from day one.


Prior to all players reporting to Baton Rouge on June 7th, TSD is analyzing LSU's 2013 signing class. Just in case you missed it, a full list of updates is below.

DE Michael Patterson
DE Lewis Neal
DE Tashawn Bower
WR Kevin Spears
OL K.J. Malone
CB Tre'Davious White
LB Kendell Beckwith
DEF Melvin Jones
OG Josh Boutte
DT Greg Gilmore
DE Frank Herron
TE Desean Smith
DT Maquedius Bain
LB Duke Riley

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