February 25, 2012

Rebels land New Orleans speedster

OXFORD, Miss. -- Eugene Brazley arrived at Ole Miss this weekend planning to commit to the Rebels if he found what he was looking for.

By Saturday afternoon, the running back from New Orleans (G.W. Carver), La., had his answer.

"I committed," said Brazley, who chose the Rebels over Tennessee, Colorado, Mississippi State and LSU. "I like the campus. Right now, they're making me feel at home with the spread offense. We kind of run that at my high school. That's making me feel comfortable."

Brazley joins Byhalia, Miss., offensive tackle Davion Johnson as commitments in the Rebels' 2013 signing class.

Brazley said Ole Miss coaches told him he could expect to get early playing time in Oxford.

"They told me I could come in and get some reps as a freshman," said Brazley, a 5-foot-10, 175-pounder with 4.43-second speed in the 40-yard dash. "They told me to look at the chart. They're kind of short. So I'll come in and try to make a difference. They made me comfortable with the football situation and I like the school. You never know. I could get hurt today or tomorrow. You have to have a backup plan."

Brazley said he wants to work on his cuts and blocking over the next year.

"I'm a home-run hitter," said Brazley, who recently ran a 6.69-second time in the 55-yard dash at the Louisiana indoor track and field championships recently.

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