Brantley on Verge of Commitment

Tehvyn Brantley can see the light at the end of his recruiting tunnel. After attending nearly 50 camps the past two summers, he has one last camp remaining on his schedule – Florida's "Friday Night Lights." Shortly after his final camp, he expects to be ready to make his college decision.

"I'll probably make a commitment in the next two to three weeks," said Brantley, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound wideout who will play at Durham (N.C.) Mt. Zion Christian this fall.

Despite drawing rave reviews as just about every camping stop, Brantley has landed just one scholarship offer thus far – North Carolina. Thus, it's unsurprising to see UNC atop his list of schools.

"I have a lot of respect for North Carolina and Coach Butch Davis for [offering me]," Brantley said. "When they saw talent, they didn't wait or worry about who else has offered, they jumped on it. They didn't complain about my height, they just said ‘Ok, this kid can play. Let me offer this kid a scholarship, because I want him at my school.'"

Brantley last spoke to the UNC coaching staff the day after attending the Tar Heels' camp.

"I talked to [Butch Davis] for a minute," Brantley said. "He said they were going on vacation, so I told him I'd call him back when they get back from vacation.

"We talked about how they want me to play as a true freshman [and] how they want me to play the slot. They want me to punt return and kick return. He was talking about [Brandon] Tate and [Hakeem] Nicks and their progress, and who [UNC] has sent to the draft."

Brantley's recruitment could get complicated if he leaves "Friday Night Lights" with a Florida scholarship offer.

"Florida is my dream school, but I would never disrespect North Carolina," Brantley said. "[UNC] gave me my only offer after people said I will not get a BCS offer."

The school that lands Brantley will receive a player that feels like he has a whole lot to prove.

"It's really been frustrating," Brantley said. "I've been trying to stay calm and patient. But you get to a point as a man where your patience starts to run thin.

"I've been to plenty camps, plenty combines thinking that I'll have an equal chance to show that I'm better than all these four- or five-star recruits… I know I'm short, I know I'm not the biggest, but everybody has seen me and I haven't been to a place where people haven't said I can play ball. Everybody says I deserve [the recognition and offers], but it's like I don't get it.

"I'm at a point of ‘What is football now?' Is football built on the forty, how big you are, how fat you are? Does who you know determine whether you're going to get a scholarship or not? Where does ‘Can he play football' play in there?"

Going through all the camp reports, more times than not, Brantley is listed as one of the most impressive participants. Regardless, his achievements have only yielded him that one offer.

"I've met a lot of great players, but I've met a lot of players that are all hype," Brantley said. "I'm not trying to sound cocky, I'm not trying to sound arrogant, but I go out there to compete.

"When I went to Tennessee, they had a kid committed and I destroyed him every single time. After the camp he said ‘Yo man, you're one of the best wide receivers I've ever been against.' There were plenty of kids there that were ranked over me with 50 offers. But he said I was the best he's ever gone against.

"If you look at the film [from camps], there are players that are ranked high, but can't guard me."

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