Brantley Gaining Interest from the Gators

LOS ANGELES -- As it turned out, I wasn't the only person from the East Coast to attend the combine in Los Angeles this past weekend. Tehvyn Brantley from Mount Zion Christian Academy made the trip to show what he could do against some of the nation's top players from the West Coast.

A 5-8, 165-pound slot receiver, Tehvyn Brantley was seemingly the first player in line to test his skills against players like Sean Parker and Demetrius Wright.

"Mount Zion Christian is in its third year of football," he said. "It's kind of difficult but we are bringing in new players and building a program. I will be the first D-1 player out of that school and that's what I am looking to start so that is exciting for me. If anybody knows about Mt. Zion it's where Tracy McGrady went to school for basketball so me coming out of that school for football at the D-1 level will be the first and they are talking about retiring my jersey and stuff so it's pretty neat and a blessing. I could be a trademark and I want people to say that's where Tehvyn went to school."

Brantley talked about what he brings to the table from the offensive side of the ball and then backed it up during one on one drills.

"My style of play is being a playmaker. I can play safety, corner, receiver, running back, quarterback anywhere they need me to play I can play it. I can play inside outside it doesn't matter I just want the ball in my hands so I can make plays for my teammates when the game is on the line."

One team that has shown interest is the defending National Champion Florida Gators.

"Coach Kenny Carter seems like a great down to earth kind of person and I spoke with him this morning actually. Florida is my dream school I grew up watching them and the style of play that they play with is the style I want to play in at the next level. They have great speed they love putting the ball in the hands of its playmakers. I love everything about them including the players, atmosphere and they have great coaches. I just love Florida."

Brantley will visit the University of Florida in mid-June.

"I am camping at Florida on June 16 and I am expecting to see The Swamp. I want to look around that stadium and say, 'wow.' As a coaching staff I have heard so many great things about them how they are down to earth and how they love the players. I hope to met every coach and have a one on one conversation with them while I am down there."

Brantley knows that getting attention from the Gators is something to not take lightly.

"I call it a blessing. There are kids that talk about it but when you are living it then it's a blessing. Percy Harvin is a great player and a person that I try to model my game after because there is no one person that can bring him down or stay with him. It takes three or four players to bring him down his mind set is to go after it on every single play and that's what I try to do. Tim Tebow is a freak of nature he is just another player that takes over the game when he wants."

"UCLA, California, Arizona State I will visit on Monday, Tennessee on Tuesday and basically most of the ACC, SEC and Pac-10 schools are interested in me. I am going to 23 schools in the next 28 days so I am going to stay busy moving forward. I will graduate early so I will make my decision before my season starts. I will try and put my one through five together and once I do that I can take a close look at each school and then make my decision on where I want to play my college ball."

Brantley is coming off a very impressive junior season in which he accounted for 28 total touchdowns with 10 rushing, three passing and 15 receiving.

"He is a kid that has that lateral quickness that teams are starting to look for,"'s Miller Safrit said. "He has that instant burst and the ability to make plays out in space. He's a player that can play a number of different positions. He is a multi-purpose athlete that has become the big trend in college football. Might not be the greatest route runner in the world but in this kind of combine setting he is able to do some amazing things. His ability to create space I think makes him a perfect fit for the slot receiver position."

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