Loranger High’s Jeryl Brazil is breaking new ground in more ways than one.
By committing to play football at LSU, Brazil became the Tigers’ first commitment for their 2013 signing class. LSU already has 18 commitments for the 2012 class.
The 5-foot-11, 179-pound junior-to-be also is the Tangipahoa Parish school’s first LSU commitment.
Brazil was offered a scholarship by LSU last month when he attended one of the Tigers’ summer camps. He committed to the Tigers on Wednesday after watching other players participate in another LSU camp. Brazil said he also had an offer from Southern Mississippi.
“It’s my home state school, and I’ve always followed LSU,” Brazil said. “I like the program, and I like the way they take care of their players on the field and in the classroom.
“I know this (commitment) is early, but I wanted to get it out of the way. I think it (LSU) is a good place to be.”
As a sophomore, Brazil compiled more than 1,400 all-purpose yards and 25 touchdowns as a running back, receiver and defensive back for Loranger.
Defensively, Brazil had seven interceptions. He returned three interceptions and one fumble recovery for TDs in 2010.
Brazil was also one of Louisiana’s top sprinters. He finished second to Alabama football signee Bradley Sylve in the Division II-Classes 3A and below 55-meter dash at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Indoor Track Meet, recording a time of 6.37 seconds. Brazil won the Class 3A 100 (10.49) and 200 (21.36) for the Wolves at the LHSAA’s Outdoor Track Meet.
“This is exciting for Jeryl and for all of us,” Loranger coach Sam Messina said. “The thing big he needs to understand that this isn’t an ending. It’s a beginning, because he’s still got two more years of high school to go.”
Peters commits to Vols
Covington High linebacker Otha Peters has committed to Tennessee, according to the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune.
The 6-1, 233-pound Peters had narrowed his list of Division I finalists to the Vols, Nebraska, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Peters, who has already met the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards, is ranked No. 32 nationally among outside linebackers by Rivals.com and No. 16 overall in Louisiana.
A three-year starter, Peters also plays running back for the Class 5A Lions.