How does Louisiana safety Aaron Brule’ feel about UGA?
Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The topic for Friday is safety prospect Aaron Brule‘ from Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.). He has some Thomas Davis-type qualities to his game, and if he could put on weight, he would be an extremely athletic inside linebacker in Athens.
Aaron Brule’ plays a lot of ILB on his highlight film, but the 2018 prospect could wind up playing all over the place at Georgia.
He says TCU and Georgia stand out among his top 5. Mississippi State is close. Brule’ says he would like to make his college commitment within the next two weeks.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect stars for Archbishop Rummel in Louisiana. The Metairie resident rates as a 3-star prospect and the No. 37 safety in America per the 247Sports composite.
But the UGA staff looks at him and sees a wild card. Safety? Linebacker? What else?
Taking a quality prospect at one position and projecting him to another is nothing new. That’s what college football coaches do.
But it is different with the staff in Athens.
“They told me that I could play corner if I wanted to,” Brule’ told Sam Spiegelman of SEC Country. “I played corner at their camp.”
Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker knew about him early. Tucker had been trying to get “All-Out Aaron” to camp in Athens for the last two summers, and that finally happened this year.
Those who know Brule’ well have said he might have turned in his all-time best showing at a camp on that visit. He’s got a few nicknames on his highlight tape. The “Category 5” reference is a nod to his jersey number and also his ability to wrap guys up and put them on the ground once they are in his sights.
The Aaron Brule’ recruiting timeline
Brule’ hasn’t been offered by in-state LSU. If he had been, then things could have transpired differently.
He said he had hoped to take all of his trips this summer and have already made his decision.
“I am still making decisions,” Brule’ said. “I’ve been hearing some stuff so I am still waiting a little bit. I am hoping to make a decision in about two weeks.”
Brule’ and his Raiders will open their 2017 season on Sept. 1 against Gulfport. His timeline is interesting in regard to his process.
He committed to Kansas in February with a surge of top prospects from Louisiana because of ties to a new member of that staff. He de-committed in late June, and it seemed that TCU was going to be his choice.
Both he and his good friend Ja’Marr Chase, now a Florida commit, were trending there. Georgia then offered July 15.
Brule’ included the Bulldogs in his top 5 the following day.
— 5 (@_AllOutAaron_) July 16, 2017
How Aaron Brule’ looks at his current top 5
“I don’t really have a leader still,” Brule’ said. “I am still hearing from just about everybody and I have a tough decision to make.”
What does he like about the Horned Frogs?
“The coaching staff stays in touch with me,” Brule’ said. “I fit there, like, within a speedy linebacker-type defense.”
What about Georgia? Brule’ sounded animated when talking about how the Bulldogs value his jack-of-all trade skills to drop into their defensive depth charts. Especially that cornerback stuff.
“Just anything to get on the field,” Brule’ said. “Special teams. Anything. They said that I have the capability to do that.”
Georgia apparently liked him at that camp. The offer came from both Tucker and coach Kirby Smart.
“They just like my versatility,” Brule’ said. “If I can play anything, then that would be the fastest way to get on the field.”
He also said he considers Smart and Tucker to be “two of the best coaches in the country.”
“If I did good at their camp, then they must have taught me something beforehand,” he said.
There’s a variance between the pitches from those two schools. How does Brule’ look at that? Does one school offer an edge for him to get on the field early because of that versatility?
“It could be a downfall sometimes because most people don’t know where they want me to play,” Brule’ said. “If I’m better at one thing, then they can’t keep trying me at different positions.”
The Bulldogs from the SEC West are in the mix and might have jumped TCU.
“Mississippi State is actually not that far behind TCU,” Brule’ said. “I think that it might be either Georgia or Mississippi State.”
Brule also said that LSU still keeps in contact. It seems as if that’s the sort of contact that exists just to keep the fire burning for the home-state kid.
“They still tell me to just wait up,” Brule’ said. “I’ve been waiting on them for the longest.”
The LSU factor
LSU just lost a defensive back commitment for 2018. That might lead to Brule’ waiting things out a little longer.
An offer would put LSU at the forefront of his decision. It is hard to pull in-state kids from Louisiana. That’s why a few of Alabama’s recent recruiting wins in the state have been so eye-opening.
“I’m still waiting on them,” Brule’ said. “If they come through, and things look good and they tell me what I can do in their defense. I would see what I could do.”
He said it would not lead to an instant decision.
“It would not make me commit on the spot,” Brule’ said. “But I would definitely look into it.”
He said LSU coach Ed Orgeron has told him to be patient and that a spot might open .
“It is LSU,” Brule’ said. “You can’t beat that. Every linebacker they have goes to the NFL. The whole defense goes to the NFL even. They are just always good on defense and they have got a lot of energy.”
— SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman contributed to this report.
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