Brazil keeps setting records

Brazil keeps setting records

Jeryl Brazil clocked a 20.82 in the 200 meters at the state track meet.

If we have learned anything about LSU's first 2013 commitment, it's that Jeryl Brazil is fast.

Elite-level fast.

When it comes to LSU luring in dual-sport athletes, the mind quickly runs from football to the baseball diamond, where players like Jared Mitchell and Chad Jones pulled double-duty and succeeded.

But with Brazil, think more Trindon Holliday – a football player with world-class speed, which is just up LSU track and field coach Dennis Shaver's alley.

"I am looking to become that guy who does it all, and does both sports really well," Brazil said.

For Shaver, there's not much more Brazil could do to impress.

In February, Brazil broke Trindon Holliday's state indoor record in the 55-meters. After turning in a 6.28 in the preliminary round, Brazil posted a 6.25 in the finals to eclipse Holliday's 6.27.

Fast forward three months, Brazil has moved outdoors, but the results remain the same.

At the LHSAA state meet at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium on Saturday, Brazil posted a 20.81 in the 200 meters, which is tied for the fastest time posted by an American high school sprinter this year.

Brazil's 10.36 in the 100 meters topped his previous mark of 10.48 at a race in Mobile, Ala., last month, which gave him both a personal record and the new Louisiana Class 3A state record.

"My feeling when I crossed the finish line in both races was remarkable," Brazil said. "I knew I had run a great time according to everyone's reaction as the time was posted. That was really good to feel.

"Both of them are just really great times."

With the state meet now checked off his list, Brazil will turn his focus to Team USA.

"I am going to run for Team USA on June 2 in New Mexico," Brazil said. "We will see where things go from there."

With his final year of high school quickly approaching, Brazil is riding high on his successes on the track circuit, although he said the ultimate goal surrounds the legacy he can leave inside Tiger Stadium.

"I love to run, but I am going to college on a football scholarship, and I want to focus on football because that's what I truly have a passion for," Brazil said. "That's what I want to excel with in my life."

Brazil (5-foot-10, 180 pounds), widely considered one of the top three prospects in Louisiana in the Class of 2013, is projected as a wide receiver or cornerback at the college level.

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