Elite 11 MVP Brantley: Livin' Right

Everybody knows the old axiom about "Livin’ right"? Well, if you don’t -- consider Johnny Brantley. State champion. All-American quarterback, Texas commit. MVP of the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp. Survivor.

"We had a tornado blow through and knock over two big Oak trees right next to our house," John Brantley III said. "It must have been one heck of a wind, because one of those trees was leaning toward the house and it blew it completely to the other side. Thankfully, there was no damage to the house. It had to be only six feet from it though."

Fortunately, Johnny Brantley and the family weren’t at home.

The family accompanied Johnny last Thursday to the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Aliso Viejo, California where they decided to make a mini-vacation out of the trip. However as they attempted to return on Thursday, they were stuck in Houston awaiting a connecting flight to return them to Tampa International Airport. Their plane was missing a crew.

"We were stuck in Houston until one-thirty Friday morning," Brantley III confirmed. "We didn’t get back to Ocala until six-thirty yesterday morning. It was a long day."

The trip home was certainly tedious, but well worth the effort.

Johnny Brantley put on a show.

The future Longhorn easily took MVP honors at the camp. He was also rewarded with the Leadership Award, Most Likely to Be Successful at the Next Level Award, and Most Likely to Win a National Championship Award. Brantley took home four of the twelve awards presented.

"It was a great trip," the Ocala Trinity Catholic High School All-American said. "It really was everything I expected. Everybody out there was terrific. There were no weak links. I couldn’t have asked for more."

He was throwing toe-to-toe with some of the best high school and college quarterbacks in the nation. Some of the college quarterbacks included, Troy Smith of Ohio State, Mark Sanchez of USC, JaMarcus Russell of LSU, Tyler Palko of Pitt, and Jordan Palmer of UTEP. The collegiate quarterbacks, who serve as counselors, unanimously voted Brantley the MVP of the camp.

"This is ridiculous," Brantley III stated. "I don’t know how he does it. Every time the bar is raised and the stage gets brighter, he steps up and does it. I’m just amazed. There was an awful lot of talent out there. I’m really proud of the fact that he does it with pride and that he’s so humble about it. I think that he was more appreciative of the stuff that he received from Nike. They give those kids a lot of neat stuff."

While Brantley hunkered down at the camp, the family tripped to Beverly Hills and took some time to check out Rodeo Drive. Unlike, Johnny’s Nike bonanza- anything they might have sought to purchase came at a price, a considerable price.

John was able to get in a round of golf with former teammate, longtime family friend, and NBC studio analyst Cris Collinsworth. He accompanied John to the camp where Collinsworth watched the young guns workout. Brantley and Collinsworth were able to watch a bit of the camp, and the father obviously came away very impressed with his son.

"It was intense for him (Johnny)," Brantley IV stated. "The college guys drilled with them. They were shoulder to shoulder with all of that talent- you can’t buy that experience."

Reportedly the collegiate quarterbacks were especially taken back by Brantley’s footwork and mechanics. They obviously believe that he is on the path to stardom.

"They (the college quarterbacks) told me to keep my head on straight," the Elite 11 MVP said. "They said that I have all of the physical (ability) and knowledge to succeed."

This guy must be livin’ right.

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