LSU commit Jeryl Brazil visits Tide

LSU commit Jeryl Brazil knows Nick Saban's reputation for developing defensive backs. Tom Hauck for ESPN.com

ESPN 150 cornerback Jeryl Brazil became the first member of LSU’s 2013 recruiting class when he committed to the Tigers last summer, but that hasn’t stopped other schools, specifically Alabama, from recruiting the Louisiana native.

Brazil made an unexpected trip to Tuscaloosa last week to visit the Crimson Tide’s program. It was his first time back to UA in more thana year.

“The visit went well,” Brazil said. “I got to see a lot more than I did last time. I chilled with Bradley [Sylve] and Landon [Collins] that night, and then the next morning, I talked with Coach [Nick] Saban, Coach [Burton] Burns and the rest of the coaching staff. After that, I just took a little tour around campus.”

Going into the trip, Brazil didn’t know for sure if he had a scholarship offer from the Tide, but when he met with Saban, the Alabama head coach assured him that indeed he did have an offer and the staff wanted a player like him at his position.

“It was good because I’ve been wanting it for a while,” Brazil said. “They have a need for defensive backs right now. They’re trying to find three in this class, and they only have one right now. They were just letting me know they need to have these defensive backs, and that they’re trying to rebuild at that position.”

Currently, Maurice Smith is the only true cornerback in the Tide’s 2013 class, but Alabama has shown interest in Brazil, USC commitment Jalen Ramsey and Florida State commitment Marquez White.

Although Brazil remains committed to LSU, the chance to play for Saban was intriguing to the 5-foot-10, 186-pound defensive back.

“I’m guessing that would be good,” Brazil said. “Nobody really has a better resume than him. He’s the best cornerback coach in the country. He knows the game, and he does great things getting the guys ready for the next level and making them first-round draft picks.”

After the visit, Brazil says his commitment to LSU is still solid, but he plans to take official visits to Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska and Ole Miss.