Charlotte Combine Offense MVP Talks Cal

Is there a more ambitious high school player in the nation than Durham (NC) Mt. Zion WR Tehvyn Brantley? The Charlotte Combine offensive MVP has been out West twice this year for camps and junior days. The speedster put himself on the map on Sunday, but he still has over 20 camps remaining on his schedule, which includes a trip to Berkeley for Cal's one-day camp…

Tehvyn Brantley (5-7, 165) is as confident as ambitious.

One sentence, he says, describes his style of play when he lines up against an opposing defensive back. "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."

He did just that at the Charlotte Combine on Sunday.

"Brantley walked away with the Offensive MVP award and it was because of one thing – speed," said analyst Chad Simmons.

"He was tough to defend in Charlotte and it was all because of quickness and speed. He ran a lot of deep routes and the deeper the route the more separation he got. Brantley showed a lot toughness too when going across the middle and getting off press coverage on the line of scrimmage against bigger defensive backs. He is a gritty player with an attitude and that confidence led to him being one of the best on Sunday He caught the ball well and he ran some nice routes, but he mostly beat guys deep and made the big plays down field."

Brantley, who runs a 4.38 forty and benches 270, has a strong interest to continue his playing career in the Pac-10 conference. He competed at the FBU Camp in Los Angeles and attended USC's junior day in February. He was invited to California's junior day on April 18 for, a day before competing at the USC Nike Camp, but he didn't make it to Berkeley.

"I really didn't know too much about Cal," said Brantley. "All I know about Cal was one of my favorite receivers DeSean Jackson came out of there."

Brantley has been in contact with recruiting coordinator Kevin Parker through most of the off-season. Lately, Cal WR Coach Kevin Daft has been recruiting him.

Brantley had planned on trekking to Berkeley then driving down to L.A. for the Nike Camp. Instead, he only competed at the USC Nike Camp, and he will camp at Cal's one-day camp in June.

"I felt I was one of the best receivers there," Brantley said of the Nike Camp. "A lot of the coaches didn't know me, but came up to me and said I was one of the best receivers there.

"It was a great experience playing on the field that Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, and a lot of great players played on."

Besides USC, Brantley also attended Clemson's junior day last month.

"That was one of my favorites," Brantley said of Death Valley. "I got to walk down the Hill. That experience of walking down that hill is a great tradition and rubbing that (Howard's) rock. It was very nice and that whole experience was great."

Despite his hard work, Brantley is awaiting his first offer this year. Last year, he received offers from Central Michigan and Buffalo when he was part of the 2009 class. However, he was granted another year of eligibility, and while those offers still stand, his ambition to play out West could pay off before spring is over.

"I think UCLA is about to offer," said Brantley. "I think they would be the closest [to offering]. I don't know how they saw me but they've been talking to my dad."

As for the Golden Bears…

"They've seen my highlight tape," said Brantley. "They loved it. They love my speed – my separation speed. They like how I attack, being physical as a short receiver. Basically, they want to see me at their one-day camp. So, they invited me up there."

He says he is receiving mail from many schools throughout the nation but Cal, Florida, LSU, UCLA, USC and Tennessee top his list of favorites, but he remains open. The Pac-10 remains his priority with Oregon, Oregon State, and Arizona State among other schools of interest.

Brantley is flying out West May 29 – his last day of school – to compete in the L.A. Combine starting his tour of 23 camps, which includes stops at most Pac-10 schools.

He reports a 2.6 GPA, and he scored a 22 on his ACT. "I'm about to be cleared by the [NCAA] Clearinghouse," he added.

Stay with and for continuing coverage of Tehvyn Brantley's recruitment.

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