Louisiana commit Aaron Brule’ on UGA: ‘This is becoming my family’
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The budget today calls for checking in with a recent Georgia commitment from the great state of Louisiana: Aaron Brule’ is a 3-star prospect on the 247Sports Composite.
It has been a good month for Georgia on the field and on the recruiting trail so far. Justin Fields committed this month. So did Adam Anderson.
But what about the linebacker/safety hybrid who committed to Georgia before that? That would be Louisiana native Aaron Brule’ on Sept. 24. He committed the day after that star-studded Mississippi State visit weekend.
DawgNation checked in with him recently to see how things are going for him just over a month after that commitment.
It was interesting to learn that Brule’ didn’t take that official visit with a potential commitment to Georgia weighing on his mind.
“I really didn’t know what I was going to do,” Brule’ told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman. “But when I got up there I was already close to their coaches and stuff. Then when I got around the players and got to see everything.”
He also was hit by the blind side with something positive about UGA. Indoor practice facilities matter.
But so do the indoor degree facilities.
“I didn’t even know their academics were that good until I got up there,” Brule’ said. “They were showing me all the requirements and all that I would have to abide by. I was like ‘Dang’ and that was a shock to me. It helped me make my decision.”
The morning that Aaron Brule’ knew he was UGA
Brule’ said it happened at breakfast. He was there with Kirby Smart. Smart’s family was also there.
“It was just that morning and talking to him and all of his kids and stuff,” Brule’ said. “I wasn’t really even paying attention to all of that and stuff. But I was like ‘Dang, this is becoming my family’ and I wasn’t even paying any attention to it.”
When that meal was over, he went back with Smart to his office.
“I said ‘This is what I want to do’ and I told him that my parents were going with it,” Brule’ said.
Smart’s reply? Brule’ shared that.
“Let’s ride,” Smart told him.
The nation’s No. 39 prospect at safety for 2018 will likely play all over the defense at UGA. He’s a punishing defender and a natural tackle. That’s a pre-requisite these days for any Bulldog defensive recruit.
When he made that decision, he said he was met with some surprise by the Georgia staff. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker didn’t think he was ready to commit yet. So were the other coaches.
“They weren’t expecting me to do it that fast either,” Brule’ said.
He has gotten noticeably bigger since this spring. Brule’ said he’s now somewhere between 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-3 on the growth chart and is now up to 212 pounds.
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The communication with Georgia has been strong since he made that choice. And fast.
“They congratulate me now before I even get back on the bus from the game,” Brule’ said. “They know what the score was and everything else.”
Florida has still been pushing hard to try for a flip. It seems like all the other schools have backed off except for home state LSU and those Gators.
“I have been talking to Florida for the longest,” Brule’ said. “They really want me to come for a visit. I know I am going over there for the Florida State game. They really have been pushing pretty hard, too.”
LSU has been keeping in touch every day. That was, at one time, a dream offer. He went on a recent unofficial visit for the Auburn game but still left Baton Rouge without that offer.
“They keep telling me I am going to be in purple and gold,” Brule’ said. “But ….”
What happens if that offer from the in-state Tigers finally comes?
“Even if they were to offer too too late I would still put some consideration into it,” he said. “But I mean I’m pretty sold on Georgia right now. But I’m still listening to LSU and Florida. I’m still seeing what they have to offer.”
Brule’ also added the following: “I am still very solidly committed to Georgia and I am still going to look into LSU but it would be pretty hard. Something has to sell me to make me flip.”
The attention he receives from LSU seems difficult to explain.
“All of the coaches (there) they treat me like I am a part of the team kind of,” Brule’ said. “But they still haven’t really pulled the trigger yet. They have something planned. I just don’t know what it is.”
It was easier for him to describe the strength of his commitment to UGA.
“It is real strong,” Brule’ said. “I’m sold. … With just the straight-forwardness they have for me. They are not losing contact at all. I talk to everybody just about every day.”
The position fit for Aaron Brule’ at UGA
There have been discussions about where he will play at Georgia. He was rated as a safety, but he has the ability, length and skill set to play everywhere. Literally.
Brule’ camped this summer at Georgia. He had a great camp and said it was likely his “best ever” camp. Georgia even lined him up at cornerback on some quality receiver prospects.
He also shined at that position.
“Coach Tucker said he wanted to start me out at free safety,” Brule’ said. “Like just playing over the top for a little while. He pretty much just said he wants me wherever I feel comfortable at. But he will most likely want me in the box.”
Check out his film below. You’ll understand why.
That’s his midseason highlight tape. Those are the latest “hits” from a young man who has already earned nicknames like “AllOutAaron” and “Category5” and “Jackboy” for his physicality.
“I am okay with anything,” Brule’ said. “I want to play freaking special teams.”
Did you see this about James Cook this morning?
When will Georgia get its next commit? That answer now seems pretty clear.
I will be committing today at 8pm today
— James Cook (@thegreat__4) October 26, 2017
Georgia should be seen as the team to beat for the former FSU commit. Cook, the younger brother of FSU great and Minnesota Viking Dalvin Cook, is rated as the nation’s No. 3 RB for 2018.
He would create a pretty impressive pairing for the Bulldogs with 5-star RB commit Zamir White.
The Bulldogs need to replenish the depth chart with the graduation of both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel and Cook plus White would be the ideal way to do it.
Cook took his official visit to UGA on that same weekend that Brule’ made his choice. That visit was a big hit. His mother described it as “bananas.”
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