J.C. Brignone Talks Recruiting

St. Stanislaus defensive tackle J.C. Brignone recently took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State. J.C. talked about the visit as well as a few other things related to recruiting.

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The last time I talked to J.C. he had three scholarship offers. Has that changed?

"My offers haven't changed," said J.C. "It's still Mississippi State, Rice and UL-M (University of Louisiana-Monroe)."

However, while they haven't offered, one school seems to have picked up their recruitment of him.

"I went to LSU (two weekends ago) and did pretty good," said J.C. "And they have started recruiting me big-time by sending me letters, including handwitten letters. But my mom is still kind of set on Mississippi State right now."

J.C. went into a little more detail what he means by big-time and what went on when he was at LSU's camp.

"They are recruiting me more than they were last year," said the 6-1, 290-pounder. "I think they had kind of stepped back a little bit, but I went to their camp for a day and did my best (40) times. I did a 5.2, a 25.5 vertical jump and an 8 foot broad jump. They took me and our new tight end (Sylvester Twiggs) in the back and measured our height and weight and talked to us about coming to their games."

J.C. also took in a Mississippi State practice about a week ago.

"I came up for practice so that I could meet the coaches," said J.C., who also had a teammate of his visit with him, 5-11, 215-pound linebacker Brenan Gordon. "We got in at about 11:30 and I met (recruiting) Coach (Shane) Beamer. I met the defensive coaches, including (defensive line) Coach (Brick) Haley. Then, I went into the offensive room and met all the offensive coaches. (Coach Beamer) then took me into the main office and I got to meet Coach (Sylvester) Croom. I introduced my parents to him."

J.C. discussed, in-depth, his visit to MSU.

"I really liked it," said J.C. "They made me feel at home. They made me feel wanted when they showed me how much they were recruiting me against some of the top players in the nation. That makes you feel good.

"(Coach Croom) talked about why they started recruiting me. They saw how I played and I guess they liked what they saw and see the potential in me. To have a coach that has so much on his resume to say that, that says a lot and gives you a boost of confidence going into your senior year."

He also talked about how impressed he was with what he saw at the MSU practice.

"I liked seeing their tempo," said J.C. "And one thing I really liked was how the depth chart changes everyday. A starter might have a bad day and I can go in there and have a good day and be number one on the depth chart the next day."

Since he's a defensive lineman, what were his thoughts on the MSU defensive linemen?

"I saw animals," said the obviously impressed J.C. "I've seen big guys at different high schools, but when you go to a college you see big guys that are so cut up and ready to play. I think college is an entirely different level. It's like playing a game everyday. ."

Now that he's been to an MSU practice and has recently attended a camp at LSU, he knows a little more about both schools. Who would he say are his top teams at the moment?

"I would probably say Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn and Alabama," said J.C. "They are in that order."

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