LOUISIANA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK #2
CO-OFFENSIVE MVP: Jeryl Brazil (5-9, 186, 4.3) of Loranger, Louisiana is one of the top athletes in the country. In the past few years, Brazil has been a Super Star on both sides of the football and he has the great speed to be able to play any number of positionss at the next level.
After a great junior season, Brazil was involved in a few Super Camps and Super Combines and he was outstanding at all of them. At the LSU Super Camp, Brazil ran an unpresented 3.32 in the forty and jumped a 39-inch vertical jump, thus verifying his great speed and quickness.
Brazil also was an outstanding cornerback prospect at the LSU Super Camp, but he was also a very good-looking inside receiver who made a lot of great catches.
Brazil is one of the Top two or three players in the State of Louisiana and he was definitely one of the players that I wanted to see play in 2012, so it was a God-Send for Loranger to come to Baton Rouge to play DE Tim Williams (6-4, 230, 4.56) and Baton Rouge University High School and they were scheduled to play on the LSU Campus on the second Friday night in September.
So on Friday night, I drove to the LSU Campus to see two Super Stars in one game. As I got to the game, the first team that was practicing was Loranger. I realized that it was not going to be difficult in finding out which player was Jeryl Brazil, because he was one of the most impressive physical specimens that I had seen lately. Brazil is not big, but he is a very muscular, compact, physical specimen.
After the warmups, and talking to some of the coaches and Sportswriters on the sideline, the game was about to start. Brazil did not work out with the seconday in pre-game, so I was wondering if he would even play defense, after recently moving to quarterback. I also watched Tim Williams in defensive drills before the game and I could really tell that he was “pumped-up” and ready to go in this big game. He was also very quick in his drills.
Loranger kicked off to University, but they stopped the Cubs and forced them to punt. I don’t believe that I have ever seen a five-yard punt, but the Cubs got one on Friday night after the ball settled on their own 30-yard line. So after all of this excitement, Brazil brings his team to the line of scrimmage and on their first play, Brazil threw a 30-yard touchdown to Corey Foster. Loranger missed their extra point and after University sophomore Nick Brossette scored on a five-yard touchdown with 1:19 left in the second quarter, the score was 7-6 at halftime.
Then, on the second play from scrimmage in the second half, Brazil faked a handoff in the Wildcat Offense and then ran straight up the middle and then to the right outside on an electrifying 70-yard touchdown run to make the score 12-7, after they mixed their extra point again. Then in the fourth quarter, and again on the second play from scrimmage, Brazil ran to his left and after a missed tackle, went 69-yards for a touchdown. This made the score 18-14 and after Miguel Toefield ran for the two-point conversion, the score was now 20-14 in favor of Loranger.
With 6:31 left in the game, sophomore Jalon Baker picked up a fumble for U-High and raced 84-yards to put them ahead by a 21-20 score. This is the way that it looked like it would end, but Brazil was not through with his dazzle. With 2:15 left in the game, Brazil was getting flushed out of the pocket and as he started to scramble, he tossed a 22-yard pass down to the two-yard line where DeAndre Bickham made one of the most spectacular catches of the year, with two defenders on him. On the next play, Brazil runs it in for the touchdown from the two-yard line to make the Final Score read Loranger 26 and U-High 21.
Brazil did not play any defense, but he is an incredible, athltic player who will play cornerback for the LSU Tigers and be one of the top cover corners in the 2016 or 2017 NFL Draft. Before Brazil gave the Tigers a Verbal Agreement, he had received offers from LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Ole Miss, Purdue, and Southern Miss.
CO-OFFENSIVE MVP: Kendell Beckwith (6-3, 230, 4.56) of Clinton East Feliciana, Louisiana is a Real True Two-Way Freak. He plays quarterback in the Wildcat Offense and he has been a starter ever since he got to the varsity as a freshman and he has been making huge plays ever since his first start as a freshman.
Two years ago, when Beckwith got to the East Feliciana varsity, it was their first year of existance , after the consolidation of Clinton and Jackson. In that very first year, Beckwith helped lead his team to the 2A State Semi-Finals. In fact, I saw Beckwith and his team play in the Port Allen Jamboree two years ago and I knew that he was a Freak then and that he was going to be an even bigger Freak on the football field when he got to be a senior. Last season, East Feliciana moved-up to 3A.
On his highlight film, Beckwith can be compared to a man playing among boys on both sides of the football as he completely controls the football game on both sides of the football. On offense, it looks like he can run for a first down any time that he decides to run. It’s hard to compare him to anyone, because noone can dominate the game like he can and he is also bigger than most of the linemen on the field.
In the second week of high school action in Louisiana and the first game of the season for East Feliciana, after their opening game was cancelled, because of Hurricane Isaac, Beckwith put on one of the most incredible performances of the year. On the second play from scrimmage, Beckwith took a Shotgun Snap in the Wildcat Offense, faked a simple handoff and then raced 62-yards down the left sideline for a touchdown and the 37-8 rout over Baton Rouge Capital was on.
For the rest of the game, it looked like Beckwith was only toying with the other team, but in the fourth quarter, he added another 25-yard touchdown run and finished with 87-yards rushing. Beckwith also completed 10 of 23 passes for 157-yards, including a beautiful fade pass pattern for a touchdown and finished with 244-yards of total offense in the victory.
Although he has been the big Playmaker on Offense, Beckwith has also been the big Playmaker on Defense and that is where he will play at the next level. Now the big question is whether he will play defensive end or linebacker. At the summer LSU Football Camp, Beckwith was impressive at linebacker and it looked like he had the great speed to cover in pass coverage. Beckwith was also very impressive at the NIKE Football Training Camp.
As a defensive end on his highlight film, he was an unbelievable disruptive force from his defensive end position. Many times, he was so disruptive, the offense could not even get the play started.
The Recruiting Story of Beckwith looks a lot like The Recruiting Story of the number one player in the State of Louisiana last year and that was Landon Collins of Dutchtown who narrowed his choices to Alabama and LSU before he selected Alabama.
There are two or three players in the State of Louisiana who could be considered to be the #1 player in the State, including Beckwith, DE Tim Williams (6-4, 235, 4.54) of Baton Rouge University Lab, and Super Athlete Jeryl Brazil (5-9, 186, 4.3) of Loranger. A fourth Super Star is John Diarse (6-0, 200, 4.38) of Monroe Neville. Brazil and Diarse have already committed to LSU.
LSU will be a very hard team to beat for the services of Beckwith, but Alabama and others still feel that they have a chance. I believe that Beckwith will end-up as a defensive end, but he is so athletic, he could play one of the linebacker positions at the next level on his way to the NFL.
Both LSU and Alabama have their top recruiting coaches working on Beckwith. LSU has Recruiting Coordinator Coach Frank Wilson and Alabama has Coach Burton Burns. LSU is recruiting Beckwith as an outside linebacker.
Before his senior season started, Beckwith had already received offers from Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Arizona State, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, ULL, ULM, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tulane, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, and TCU.
DEFENSIVE MVP: Tim Williams (6-4, 230, 4.54) of Baton Rouge University Lab, Louisiana is one of the Top Defensive Freaks in the Country. As a junior, Williamsrecorded 115 tackles which included an incredible and mind-bogging 45 tackles for a loss; plus 16 quarterback sacks.
On his highlight film, Williams is unstoppable and unblockable and in his league in Baton Rouge, he is like a Man playing with Boys.
In the game with Loranger, Williams was battling a slight ham-string pull, but he still was one of the most disruptive defensive ends that I have seen play lately. I was on the U-High sideline and I talked to Williams a couple times and he told me about his leg, after it was obvious that he was favoring it a little bit.
In the first half, Williams recorded five quarterback hurries and eight tackles, including three solo tackles. In the second half, Williams recorded eight more tackles and three more quarterback hurries and for the game, Williams recorded two sacks for a minus five yards and minus one yard; a tackle behind the line of scrimmage for a minus three yards, a minus one yard and no yards; and he also had another tackle behind the line of scrimmage for a minus five yards with only four minutes left in the game.
So unofficially for the game and even with a slight ham-string pull, Williams recorded 16 tackles, including two quarterback sacks, eight quarterback hurries, four tackles for a loss, and a tackle for a no-gain. His best quarterback hurry was with 3:07 left in the game and Loranger was driving for the winning touchdown.
Before his first high school football game, Williams already had scholarship offers from LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, California, Miami, Maryland, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington, and Southern Cal.
Beckwith will join Williams and Brazil in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Bowl Game.