Recruiting: Florida QB has Stoops connections

Sooners make Florida quarterback's early list of eight schools.

John Brantley, QB, 6'3, 190. 4.6, OCALA TRINITY CATHOLIC, FLORIDA:

Yes it is early, but already John Brantley is receiving the kind of attention that the very best quarterbacks in the country receives. Brantley has seen plenty of action over the last couple of years, alternating at quarterback his sophomore season before becoming the full-time starter last year. As a full-time starter, Brantley threw for 2,835 yards and 41 touchdowns while hitting on 178 out of 260 passes. As a sophomore, he threw for 1,870 yards and 17 touchdowns.

"With Kerwin Bell, our head coach, I would say that I am a drop back quarterback," said Brantley. "My 40 time suggests that I could run the ball some, but I really don't get that opportunity. I pretty much drop back and throw it. We have the option in our playbook, but we never really have a desire to use it. We primarily run a little spread offense much like Coach (Steve) Spurrier."

But Brantley is not totally dedicated to football. He has started this past season in baseball as a pitcher/outfielder. Brantley has been to camps at Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, South Carolina, and he attended his schools camp where coach Bell with Danny Wuerffel and Shane Matthews.

Sounds like Brantley is surrounded by a bunch of Gators.

"It is Gator Country down here," said Brantley. "We have had season tickets since 1996."

Brantley has already been offered by 15 schools at this point

"I have narrowed it down to about eight," said Brantley. "Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, LSU and Florida State are the schools that I think about the most. I am still pretty much wide open and I would still consider other schools, but I like the schools I just mentioned. I just got back from Alabama last Saturday and I really enjoyed it there. That is probably the only school that I knew anything outside of the University of Florida. I am going to Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week on an unofficial visit."

What are his thoughts on Oklahoma?

"They are definitely up there. I have known Coach (Bob) Stoops since he was at Florida," said Brantley. "I have always liked him and I like Oklahoma a lot. I plan on taking an unofficial to Oklahoma sometime in June. I have also talked to Josh Heupel and he appears to be a great guy. My dad and coach Stoops are great friends. They got to know each other when coach Stoops was at Oklahoma, so Oklahoma is a school that I am considering."

Since you have grown up a Florida fan, are you a lean to Gators?

"Not at all," said Brantley. "People are always bothering me to go to Florida, but they are just messing around. They really want me to go to the best place for me, and right now I don't know where that is. I am looking for a school that has good weather. I look at a lot of the schools in the south, but Oklahoma has pretty good weather and if it is the best school for me then that is where I will go."

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