OSU Commit Brantley Having Strong Season

Just a couple of weeks ago one of the best Texas high school football games of the entire regular season was played in the East Texas town of Gilmer. The powerhouse Gilmer Buckeyes were battling the Carthage Bulldogs in a district battle between the two contenders and this one was a punch-counterpunch game.

"Yes sir, it was a really exciting game," said Greg Brantley, the Carthage left tackle and Oklahoma State verbal commit. "We came back and tied it up late, and then they went down and hit a game-winning field goal at the end."

Gilmer, whioch looks like they will finish up as district champs in 16-3A, won the game 39-36. Carthage is still sitting in a good spot for the playoffs in second place and face Gladewater this Friday, and will then close with Spring Hill.

"We are looking pretty good and I think I am playing pretty good," said Brantly, who committed to Oklahoma State this summer.

The 6-6, 305-pound tackle is one of the best in Texas and opposing coaches in the district say he's as good an offensive lineman as they have seen in that district for some time.

Brantley made his commitment in the summer to avoid the recruiting process during his senior season.

"It (recruiting attention) has really evaporated," Brantley said when asked if he is still hearing from other schools. "I get to watch Oklahoma State every week on TV, and they really look good. I think it's great.

"I'm going to come up there for the OU game and then I will take my official visit later, on the weekend when all the committed players are coming in."

In the meantime, Brantley has some work to do with the final two regular season games and the playoffs, which will set up well with wins the next two weeks.

"I'm looking forward to the playoffs."

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