Charlotte, NC receiver Tehvyn Brantley was a force on the football field for Victory Christian Center last season. The 5-8, 165-pounder was a threat to go distance every time he touched the football.
“Last year I had 15 touchdowns,” Brantley reported. “I don’t know exactly how many yards I had, but I couldn’t be stopped. I had 50-something catches for a whole bunch of yards. I also had five picks.”
Despite that success, Brantley was a relative unknown on the recruiting scene heading into the spring. To rectify matters, he and his father hit the road for every camp and combine possible... including the one-day session last Sunday in Ann Arbor. It didn’t take long for him to turn a few heads.
“After I ran a couple of routes they said they loved the way I ran,” he recalled. “Coach Rodriguez loved the way I stuck and got out of my breaks. He kept sending me to the front to go with (Tate Forcier). The receiver coach liked my fundamentals too. He liked how I came out of my breaks and how I used my hands.”
The visit only served to strengthen the favorable impression that Brantley already had of Rodriguez and his system.
“Michigan seems like a great program,” said Brantley. “I love Rodriguez and his style of play. He said he loved the way I compete. Coming from West Virginia, I always looked up to him because he loved Darius Reynaud, the short receiver he had. Rodriguez recruited him. I love that. I also love Kansas, Florida University… I love Wake Forest, Duke, and Boston College too.”
After his trip to Michigan, Brantley promptly made his way to Purdue. There he delivered the best forty time and vertical jump of all the campers in attendance. With yet another destination crossed off his checklist, Brantley is ready to kick the tour into high gear.
“I plan on going to more camps so they can see me up close and personal,” Brantley explained. “I will be seeing the Duke camp Saturday. Then I will be flying out from Duke to Texas university, and then from Texas to Illinois. Most of the schools are just talking to me right now and they want to see me at their camp. I’m hearing from Wake Duke, Clemson… I just left Missouri camp, I’m hearing from Illinois, South Carolina and basically a lot of spread schools like Northwestern, Purdue, Boston College, and Kansas. I want to get to as many of them as I can.”
With no offers to date from any of the schools on that list, Brantley knows he still has something to prove. He doesn’t plan on stopping until he does.
“I’m just trying to get this first (offer) under my belt so I can relax and my parents can relax,” he admitted. “Once you get the first one, it seems like many more come. I’m working really hard for it. I’m really trying to focus on my senior year, so an early commitment is possible for me if I get offers. I would have to discuss it with my parents. I’m looking for the best education. That’s a big part for me and my family. Like Coach Rodriguez said, 20 years from now none of us are going to be playing football. Then I’m going to look at how they run their offense. Does it fit the type of style I’m trying to play? And third is the environment. I love playing in front of thousands of fans. Michigan has the best stadium around and they have the most fans. I just have to get that first (offer).”