Brantley Blessed by Offer

All the miles traveled and camps attended the past two summers paid off for Tehvyn Brantley on Friday. After putting on a show during the final session of North Carolina's two-day camp, the 5-foot-8, 165-pound receiver was offered a UNC scholarship.

"The first thing that went through my mind was it was a blessing," Brantley said. "But I'm sitting here thinking ‘My hard work has finally paid off.'"

Brantley, who will play for Durham (N.C.) Mt. Zion Christian this fall, has attended so many camps these past two summers that he has lost count. But he estimates the number is quickly approaching 50.

"We're going to continue to work and continue to attend camps," Brantley said. "We're just going to see what happens from here."

Ironically, Brantley considered canceling his UNC camp reservations on Thursday.

"I wasn't really getting burnt out, we just wanted to make sure they were really interested in me," Brantley said. "I didn't want to waste my time.

"We talked to a coach [Thursday] night and he said it would be a great opportunity for me. He said he couldn't make me any promises, but if I put on a show you never know what could happen."

Brantley indeed put on a show.

Towards the end of Friday's morning session, Brantley and his father arrived in Chapel Hill and sized up the competition. He went on to register for Friday's afternoon session, which was the final camp session of the summer.

After participating in position drills with the wide receiver group and running routes-on-air with the quarterbacks, Brantley impressed the crowd, which included Butch Davis, during one-on-ones.

"Basically I used great separation [and] I used my great hand-eye coordination, and I made great catches," Brantley said.

Following his performance, Davis pulled Brantley and his father to the side.

"He was like ‘What would it take to make you a Tar Heel,'" Brantley said. "I said ‘What do you mean coach? First you've got to offer – that's the first step.' He was like ‘We're getting you the paperwork ready right now.'

"Coach was telling me how I remind him of certain players. He said Santana Moss. That was a great compliment."

The offer immediately put UNC in the driver's seat for Brantley's services.

"They're the only school to have offered me, so they have to be my leader," Brantley said. "I really don't want to say I have a leader, because I'm keeping my options open right now."

Brantley, who will be a January enrollee, isn't exactly sure when he'll make a verbal commitment. He said he could commit right before his football season or a couple of games into the year.

Brantley began his prep career at Charlotte (N.C.) Victory Christian. However, midway through the 2008 season – originally his senior year – he decided to transfer out. He decided to switch to Durham (N.C.) Mt. Zion Christian, where he was reclassified to junior status.

Combining his production at both schools, Brantley, who lined up at every offensive skill position, accounted for 28 all-purpose touchdowns (15 passing and 13 receiving) last season.

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