"I love the recruiting process," said Brantley. "I think some of the other players feel like there's a lot of pressure, but I don't feel any pressure at all. I'm excited about it. I got my first offer a couple of weeks back from Central Michigan and the University of Buffalo just offered me. Now I'm just going to continue attending camps and see what else comes up."
Brantley has toured much of the United States, attending camps in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, California, and his home state of North Carolina. This past weekend he traveled to California for the B2G Camp where he was one of the top wide receivers at the event. At 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, he's a very good route runner with above-average explosiveness. In the A-Game, the final game of the event, Brantley caught three touchdown passes to pace his squad.
Prior to the event, he was in Atlanta for the Under Armour Combine and in Raleigh for NC State's fooball camp. What did he think of his performance at NC State?
"I did great at the NC State camp," said Brantley. "They had a corner out there from ECU, and I completely destroyed him in the one-on-ones. It seemed like the coaches liked me, but they didn't say too much about me."
In July, Brantley will attend camps at Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and Florida State. Throughout the process he's garnered two offers but believes a national power is close to extending an official offer.
"I think there's a high chance that Michigan is going to offer me in July," Brantley stated. "I love coach Rodriguez. He's a very nice coach. He recruits on how you work out, your drive, and how you compete. That's what I love about him."
This season, Brantley will be the go-to weapon for one of the top prep football teams in North Carolina. Victory Christian also features quarterback Josh Byrum, defensive ends Justin Foxx and Sylvester Crawford, and defensive tackle Curtis Porter. Last year he starred at wide receiver and defensive back, totaling 15 touchdowns and five interceptions.
"I'm ready for this year," said Brantley. "My head coach told me that I'm the guy on offense... he wants the ball in my hands. I'll be playing on offense, defense, and on the return teams. I know the coach is going to put the ball in my hands and I've got to make plays.
"My biggest strength at wide receiver is how I run my routes to get separation... I get great separation from defensive backs."
Wide open and with no leaders, don't expect a quick decision from Brantley. He wants to take his time and select the best possible school.
"The decision will come when it comes," he said. "When it's time to make the decision, I'll sit down with my coach, my mom, and my dad and we're going to discuss a lot of things. We'll look at education, depth charts, location... just a lot of things.
"I don't even want to talk favorites... it's wide open."
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