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Jeryl Brazil Looking To Start For Louisiana

Former LSU recruit Jeryl Brazil has not had the smoothest college career on the football field but hopes to put that behind him and start for the Ragin' Cajuns this fall.

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After an impressive college career that saw him ranked as a 4-star defensive back and #193 in rivals top 250 high school players in the country before picking SEC power program LSU to play football, college football has not gone the way current Louisiana Ragin Cajuns cornerback Jeryl Brazil thought it would.

The highly ranked player was moved to the offensive backfield for the Tigers but was unable to last at the program due to off the field issues. His time with LSU was tumultuous to say the least and the SEC program parted ways with Brazil during that November of his freshman year.

Looking for a second change, Brazil moved on to East Mississippi Community College for the 2014 season and big things were expected out of the sophomore with a move back to the secondary for the historically excellent JUCO program. Despite the strong projections for the season, disaster immediately struck Brazil with an injury that ended his season during the season opener. Many teams that were looking at Brazil shied away with the injury but Louisiana stayed the course and Brazil enrolled during the spring of 2015 but not as a football player.

After making his way to the Louisiana campus for the spring of 2015, Brazil has immediately made his name for the Ragin' Cajuns athletic department despite not stepping on the field for for spring drills. The cornerback ran for the Ragin' Cajuns track program during the spring semester and competed in the 100-meters, the 200-meters and the 4x100-meter relay team. The 4X100 team qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with the speedy Brazil running the all important anchor leg.

Brazil is likely the fastest player on the Ragin' Cajuns squad with what many in the track community call world class speed. While he has yet to put on pads for Louisiana, head coach Mark Hudspeth has stated on several occasions that Brazil will get a chance to compete for the open starting cornerback job.

The 5-11 cornerback will head into the 2015 fall camp with a chance to prove to everyone that he can still play football at a very high level. The junior has lots of competition at cornerback with Simeon Thomas, Troy McCollum (9 tackle, 1 forced fumble), Jevante Watson (16 tackles, 1 interception), and JUCO transfer Christian Goodlett also vying for the two open cornerback positions.

Brazil has two years of eligibility remaining for the Ragin' Cajuns.