John Brantley Sr. on John Brantley Jr.

John Brantley, quarterback for Ocala Trinity High School in Florida, surprised many in his home state by announcing his intentions to play for the University of Texas.

Brantley, a junior, is the Longhorns 18th commit for the 2007 recruiting class and one of the most highly regarded amongst them. His father, John Brantley Sr., told Inside Texas the reason behind his son's commitment to UT.

"We visited a lot of schools like South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, USF, UCF, Miami…got a feel for the land," said John Sr. "When we made it to Texas, it was like when you meet your wife for the first time and you go home and say ‘mom I think I met the one tonight' and that's how Johnny was when he went to Texas."

Another important part of John Jr.'s commitment is how early it's occurred.

"It's because recruiting has changed in the last five years," said John Sr. "It's a whole new game with all the early commits at quarterback. If you feel good about a spot, you better take it, because it's gonna be gone."

University of Texas coaches recruited Brantley very hard after Texarkana quarterback Ryan Mallett did not give an answer to the Longhorns on the deadline they set for him to commit.

Unlike many recruits, John Jr. and his family would like for him to take a redshirt his freshman season for the Longhorns.

"We definitely prefer a redshirt situation," said John Sr. "It'll give him a chance to learn the system, get acclimated to the campus, to Austin, to get in the weight room and fill out some more."

John Sr. played quarterback for Steve Spurrier and the Florida Gators and Ocala is located in the Gainesville area. Despite this, he believes his friends and family will be very supportive of John Jr.'s decision.

"Being a legacy gator, I'm going to hear about it," said John Sr., "but they respect what John has accomplished and if he wants to be a Texas Longhorn, I think they're going to pat him on the back and I think we've got a whole lot of new Longhorn fans in Ocala, Florida."


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