U-High running back Nick Brossette chooses less dramatic route as he signs with LSU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- University running back Nick Brossette seated, center, celebrates with brother Jaylen Esnault, left, brother Mendel Esnault, standing, and their mother, Rita Brossette, right, after officially announcing his decision to attend LSU, Wednesday afternoon during a news conference in his school's gymnasium.

Nick Brossette wasn’t looking to create suspense when he walked into the University Lab gymnasium on National Signing Day.

Brossette had narrowed his choices down to two schools: Texas and LSU.

But he only had one hat with him Wednesday. At roughly 8 a.m., Brossette submitted his letter of intent to LSU.

He didn’t want fans to wait until the last minute.

“That seems too hectic for me,” Brossette said. “I didn’t want to do the hat thing or nothing because I feel like that’s disrespectful. It’s a slap in the face to colleges.”

Brossette had originally committed to the Tigers in August 2013, but Louisiana’s all-time leading rusher visited Austin, Texas, on Jan. 16.

Though he said he enjoyed his time on the Longhorns’ campus, one factor weighed heavily in his final decision. He made up his mind on Saturday morning: he was going to be a Tiger.

He said he wanted to stay close to his family.

“Family is everything,” said Mendel Esnault, Brossette’s older brother. “It’s just us, and we went through a lot as a family. At the end of the day, all we have is each other. Football is one aspect of it, but we’re always going to be behind him 110 percent. Even if he would have decided to go to Timbuktu, we would have been behind him.”

With the decision final, Brossette has already begun looking toward his future.

Long before the bustle of National Signing Day, LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson made Brossette a promise. It was a promise that he would make Brossette successful both on and off the field.

That being said, the new Tiger won’t slide into a starting spot on the depth chart.

Starting in the fall, he’ll join a backfield that already features two running backs who impressed in their rookie campaigns, Leonard Fournette and Darrel Williams.

Add in five-star running back recruit Derrius Guice, who committed to the Tigers shortly after Brossette, and LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will have a handful of options to play with during the 2015 campaign.

Brossette said the competition at running back will be a positive experience.

“It means a lot,” Brossette said. “You can save your legs, and it gives you better competition and everything. LSU is RBU. I feel like they’re going to get me ready for the next level.”

Esnault said his younger brother has a dream to be in the NFL, and joining a talented LSU running back corps will only help make that into a reality.

“He’s going to go in with the mentality that it can only make him better,” Esnault said. “It can only make you better when you go in with guys who are as good or equal to you.”

The Tigers’ first home contest of the 2015 season is Sept. 5 against McNeese State. Brosette been imagining that game for years.

“I always dreamed of playing in Tiger Stadium ever since I got to U-High,” Brossette said. “Now that I’m here, it’s about to be a blessing.”

“I’m at a loss for words.”