Four-star Brandon Rachal is branching out

Natchitoches Central (La.) junior Brandon Rachal discusses big summer on the court, bringing football back into his life and potentially being part of an LSU legacy.

Brandon Rachal was already known for his tenacious defending exiting his sophomore season at Natchitoches Central, one of Louisiana's top 5A programs.

Over this summer Rachal, a versatile 2017 four-star guard, enhanced his reputation, leading Elfrid Payton Elite in scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 ppg) en route to crashing the Peach Jam during the program's first season on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Interest has poured in from high-major colleges across the country, with Rachal (6-5, 205) now possessing offers from Kansas State, Miami, USC, Wake Forest and Massachusetts, among others.

"It's been crazy. The recruiting process is out of control," Rachal said candidly. "A lot of coaches have been calling me and a few have offered. I'm in double-digit offers now. I'm not really leaning toward anybody yet, but the recruiting process is going well. Toward the end of my junior year I'll start getting ready to make some decisions."

One school which has not offered but is showing increasing interest is home-state LSU.

The Tigers had Rachal, as well as 2016 EYBL teammates DeJon Jarreau and Brison Gresham, on campus this past weekend on unofficial visits, with the trio taking in LSU's first practice of the season on Saturday.

"I think they're about to start a legacy - getting to the tournament, getting deep into the tournament and maybe even being a championship contender," explained Rachal. "If it comes down to that time and I choose LSU, I think I want to keep that train going."

While things are heating up for Rachal on the hardwood, he's making a heartfelt decision this fall that goes contrary to what many young athletes do these days in the name of sports specializing.

He's adding football back to the menu.

"As you know, initially I was going to drop football. But just thinking about the type of athlete that I am - and football was my first love - I just couldn't stay away from it," he leveled. "I went to football workouts (this summer) and was still lifting weights. That fire was just burning inside of me to get back out there. I'm a physical type of player, so I just had to go back, couldn't stay away from it.

"I'm a 6-5 receiver and fast, athletic. You never know what can happen."

Rachal, whose quarterback for the Chiefs is Austin Guy (also a member of the basketball starting five), isn't shying away from being a dual-sport athlete, or prospect.

"I think I'm going to do a couple of camps for football just to kinda start weighing my options with the recruiting process," concluded Rachal. "I'm starting to get recruited there. You never know what can happen. I could go either way."

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