"Staying in Orange and Blue"

Harold Brantley says he's excited to be "staying in the Orange and Blue" and will give Syracuse a defensive lineman who brings a ton of athleticism to the table. We spoke with him on Thursday afternoon and it became clear that he made his decision as a true student-athlete.

Hershey High School defensive tackle Harold Brantley approached the recruiting process knowing what he wanted; a school that was somewhat close to home, but would also provide for him for the next 40 years as well. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound athlete came to the decision that Syracuse was that future on Wednesday and we spoke to him about how he came to his final verdict today.

"Penn State, Temple and Syracuse were the schools I narrowed down as my top three," Brantley said. "After that I went to Syracuse and Penn State for camp and went into what was important to me which was distance from home and when I could hit the lineup quickest. Also, I wanted a coaching staff I felt most comfortable with."

"I picked Syracuse because I felt that their staff would be able to help me accomplish my goals the best and because it was where I would be able to get on the field faster," Brantley explained. "Also, it just felt like a great place to be when I was there. Syracuse has one of the top Communications Schools in the entire country and that also set them apart from other schools I was looking at because being a student does come first from me. I also like the way they schedule practices because it allows me to buckle down and get my work done and focus on studies as well."

"I know I want to be behind a camera in film or sport's photography when I get out of school, so Newhouse was really the best place for me to study," Brantley added.

The Hershey, Pa., product went on to talk about his role on the field and what he's been told.

"I think I'll most likely be playing inside at three-technique, but I do love the outside, so if I can kick out and play some five-tech I'm definitely going to take that opportunity."

Brantley currently carries a 2.7 core GPA and scored a 990 on his two-part SAT.

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