Brantley Waiting Patiently
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Brantley Waiting Patiently

Upon the return of his SAT scores, Hampton (Va.) Phoebus defensive lineman Walter Brantley could reel in some offers. He discusses some suitors here.

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The term "anchor" is thrown around football discussions often, especially when talking about offensive and defensive line positions. Many times the term could just mean being a leader in the trenches but for some, the term truly means anchor from a physical and leadership standpoint.

Walter Brantley is 6-foot-3, 320-pounds and he anchors the defensive line at Phoebus High School in Virginia.

He also has a lot of potential at the next level and he is beginning to speak with some top programs around the country.

"I've been receiving a lot of mail from Tennessee, Auburn, West Virginia and North Carolina," Walter said of his recruitment. "I just took my SAT's last Saturday so hopefully after my results come in I can get some offers."

When looking at Walter the first thing noticeable, obviously, is his size but he also adds that he's got some quickness to his game as well.

"For my size I have good quickness and footwork," he said. "I try to use my hands as to my advantage and I have moves that were taught to me a long time ago that still work for me now."

Part of that good footwork could come from playing the offensive side of the ball as well for Phoebus. Walter has played offensive his entire football career but admits to where he wants to play at the next level.

"To be honest, I like defense more," he said. "Most likely I'll play defensive in college. I like it more because it's more physical and I like the mission of getting to the ball carrier."

His first offer has yet to come in but Brantley has been working on improving his grades from last year and he has unofficially visited Old Dominion and Virginia Tech but says to ensure an offer, coaches have told him something in particular.

"They would like me to slim down a bit," he said. "I think if I lose 20 pounds I'll be fine and it will help me a lot at the next level."