"For the past three years, I’ve had the privilege of playing for the University of Florida and Gator Nation. Now, I’m fortunate enough to start the next chapter of my life and career," wrote the defensive tackle. "I will be forgoing my senior season and entering the NFL Draft. Like many kids, this was always a dream for me. But to play in the NFL, you must be a professional and a person of good character. Those qualities aren’t easily attained where I come from."
Brantley completed his red-shirt junior season with the Gators with 31 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He was an intricate part of the defense, and helped his squad win the SEC East (see LSU win).
UF will lose eight starters on defense after his season. In addition to Brantley, Jalen Tabor, Quincy Wilson, Alex Anzalone, Jarrad Davis, Bryan Cox Jr. Joey Ivie and Marcus Maye are leaving. However, Duke Dawson has decided to return next year.