"Cali, it's a great place. It's the life to live," said Brantley, which is why he spent last weekend in Los Angeles hoping to build some exposure in the Pac-10 market.
He competed at the three-day FBU camp at the L.A. Coliseum Feb. 20-22. As well, he worked out with Cincinnati Bengal wide receiver Chris Henry the day before camp began. Moreover, he received a last minute invite to junior day at USC last Saturday.
"The competition was great. Nobody was being cocky, just out there trying to learn," said Brantley. "Basically, I am taking in everything, being humble, and progressing my game."
Brantley has had interest in every school in the Pac-10, but he specifically mentions USC, California, Oregon, and Oregon State when discussing the conference. After performing well last Saturday during the FBU camp, he went across the way to the Trojan campus.
"Junior day at USC was wonderful," said Brantley. "Pete Carroll is a great guy. He interacts with the players like he's one of the players himself. He is so into the program. His program is so wonderful, he interacts with his coaching staff, and they love their kids.
"[The USC coaches] said, ‘regardless if you're a freshman or not,' when they first get you in there, they want you to compete. They're not looking to redshirt you. ‘So, if you want to compete then come to SC.'
"We talked about the recruiting process, what [type of receiver] they are looking for this year, what is necessary [academically]. They are going to look at my highlight tape and take it from there."
Brantley has not visited any other schools out West this year, but he will return this spring for a two-day swing in Northern and Southern California. On April 18, he will attend Cal's junior day, and on April 19 will will compete at the USC Nike Camp. He is also planning to return in June for USC's Rising Stars Camp and the B2G Camp. Next weekend, he will to attend a junior day much closer to home – at Clemson.
Brantley lined up at quarterback among other positions while scoring 24 touchdowns last season for Mt. Zion, but he is projected to play wide receiver at the next level. Mid-American Conference bowl teams Buffalo and Central Michigan offered Brantley last year as a receiver. He says working out with Henry last week was huge in his continuing development as a wideout.
"He's an inspiration," Brantley said of Henry. "When I look at him and talk to him, he is just like one of us. He knows exactly how it feels [to be a high school prospect]. The way he plays, his personality resembles my personality. He looks at a DB and tells him straight. I'm going to destroy you all game and there is nothing you can do about. But after the game we can shake hands and be friends."
It is not often a high school player has the opportunity to workout with a top NFL receiver. And Brantley admits, he did not know much about another standout NFL receiver, he worked with, until recently.
"My dad knows him, I didn't know too much about him to be honest," Brantley of FBU WR coach Andre Rison. "My dad use to talk about him all the time, ‘tomorrow, you are going to meet him.' I started looking at his highlights, and [said to myself], he is the real deal."
Brantley is continually trying to increase his exposure, but he is in no hurry to make a college choice. He has not contacted all the schools that recruited him last year to tell them about his extra year of eligibility.
"I'm trying to take it day-by-day," said Brantley. "My dad calls all the shots, when he says get up and go to this camp, I get up and go."
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