Defensive Back From Florida Sets Visit To AU

This south Florida prospect discusses his football visit to Auburn this weekend.

Miami, Fla.--Defensive back Carldayle Brantley says he thought he would be making a recruiting trip to Nebraska this weekend, but says he is happy to be visiting the Auburn Tigers.

"I am not sure what is going on now with Nebraska now that they have a new head coach and coaching staff," he says.

The 6-2, 185-pounder says that Auburn has been recruiting him since last spring and recently offered him a scholarship in addition to a visit.

Brantley says he believes the Tigers are recruiting him because of his physical style of play for Miami Central High School. "I enjoy the hitting part of football," he says. "I would say that is what I do best."

Anthony Saunders, his coach at Miami Central, says agrees about the physical nature of the defensive back. "He is a guy who will really hit you," the coach says. "I think he is very interested in Auburn. One of our former players, Courtney Denson, is on the team there now.

"Carldayle is also looking at Nebraska, Florida and other colleges are trying to recruit him. He is also an excellent student with a 3.7 grade point average."

Saunders predicts that Brantley will be a big, physical safety at the college level that will play at well over 200 pounds in college.

Brantley notes that he believes with his speed (sub 4.5 in the 40) he can play any position in the secondary however, he says the Tigers are recruiting him to play free safety. "That is the position I played last season," he notes. "I like the position. I knocked down a lot of passes playing safety."

The defensive back has concentrated on being a one-sport athlete in high school, but is expected to run track during the spring of his senior year. "I haven't had time to play any other sports because I work a lot of hours," he says. "I work in construction."

Brantley has not had any trouble balancing athletics and academics. The honor student takes advanced placement courses at Central High. "I am interested in studying civil engineering or architectural engineering in college," he says.

The defensive back says his best game of the season came against Homestead. "They told me that I set the school record for most tackles in a game by a free safety. I think I had eight or nine in that game."

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