Over the past decade Greenville High School's football team has produced some outstanding prospects. Guys like Noah Whiteside, Nathan Pepper, Cory Lambert, and Matt Lentz are just a few names that come to mind. A player who is hoping to enjoy some of the same success for the Red Raiders is 2010 DT Jeremy Brazel. We caught up with the 2010 prospect and he's the next player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series.
A player's toughness and resiliency is always a measuring stick for many college coaches. For Jeremy Brazel he's already endured some trials and tribulations leading to this point in his career. You see last season Brazel suffered a pretty significant injury and he worked hard to heal and get himself back on the field to play for head coach Jim Sosebee's Red Raiders. "That first game back was probably one of my best ever. It was last year against Seneca. I came back form a dislocated shoulder and had 8 tackles and 1 sack. I was just getting back on my feet and getting out there and playing again."
A year later Brazel has cemented himself as one of the top interior defensive linemen prospects in the upstate. During their first game of the playoffs against Lower Richland Brazel came up big again with 6 tackles and 2 sacks. The Red Raiders would bow out to Clinton 42-23 in the second round of the AAA playoffs the following week.
During his career Brazel has seen some pretty tough competition and he shared with us some of the best players he's lined up against so far. "I'd say my freshman year I faced Wilson Norris (Pickens High) who's at Clemson now. I also faced Kenneth Page (A.C. Flora High) last season who's also at Clemson and my former teammate David Smith all the time in practice who's also at Clemson."
Still somewhat new to the recruiting world Brazel has an outline as to what he'll be looking at when considering potential colleges. "Location will be big. I want my mom to be able to come down and see me play. Getting a quality education will also play a big role in my decision too."
One school has already peaked the interest of Brazel early on. "I really like the South Carolina Gamecocks. I like them as my favorite. I like the type of defense they play and the game atmosphere they have. I went to a game last year when they played Mississippi State and I liked it a lot." The Gamecocks also have a former Greenville Red Raider on the team who also plays the same position as Brazel currently in Nathan Pepper. "I look up to him, he came and spoke to us before a game last season and this season too so I look up to him a lot."
Aside from the visit to USC Brazel says he has also made a trip to Tennessee to take in their Orange & White Game. He's also visited Kentucky twice for camps as well.
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates with Jeremy Brazel as he has already started his offseason workouts to improve his stock heading into his senior season next year.
Inside The Numbers...Jeremy Brazel
Bench Press: 230 pounds
Squat: 475 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.9 seconds
SAT: Taking it in the Spring