Elite QB Back from Tuscaloosa

Trinity Catholic quarterback John Brantley is one of the top quarterback prospects in the country for the class of 2007. Brantley was in Tuscaloosa, (Ala.) over the weekend to observe the Crimson Tide.

"The visit to Alabama went real good," said John Brantley from Ocala, (Fla.). "I went up there with my dad, our tight end, Lex Peek and his father."

"Overall I loved it. I really liked everything about my visit to Alabama."

Coach Mike Shula spent a lot of time recruiting the top quarterback in Florida last year, and he has returned for another high profile recruit.

"I spent a lot of time with coach Shula before and after the scrimmage on Saturday," Brantley said. "He told me their goals for the offense and what all they were trying to do. I like coach Shula a lot. I think he is a really good coach, and a good guy."

"We were mainly around coach [Dave] Rader the whole time because coach Shula was involved with the scrimmage. I think coach Rader is a great coach, and a great guy."

Brantley has trimmed his list to seven schools as he plans to reach an early decision. The Sunshine State's top quarterback lists the Tide high on his list following his weekend trip.

"Right now my favorites are Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, Florida State and Miami," he said. "Everyone is pretty much equal, but I like Alabama a lot. That may be because they are the first school I visited. Overall, Alabama is high up there on my list. I like them a lot."

Brantley's father starred in football and baseball for Florida in the '70s.

When asked if any pressure to stay in-state and play for the Gators Brantley replied, "There is kind of a little bit of pressure because everyone down here tells me to go to Florida because this is Gator Country. I know they would much rather see me be happy, and they will support whichever school I attend."

Brantley knows the factors that will play into his college decision and shared, "I will base my decision on the depth chart, location and the overall environment. I want to attend a school where I feel like it's home. Academics will play a major part as well."

Brantley plans to take an unofficial visit next week to Texas.

Stay tuned to Scout.com as we bring you the latest news of John Brantley's recruitment.


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