"Ive heard that Johnny is going to do this or that," Brantley III said emphatically. "Hes going to Texas. Hes going to Florida. Hes supposedly been seen with a coach here. He had breakfast with Coach Meyer there. Theres a lot of stuff out there that is just false. I dont know what else to say."
"Is Urban (Meyer) recruiting the heck out of him?" he continued. "Yeah, he is. Theres no question. But, he just got back from Texas and to my knowledge he is still committed to them. I havent been able to spend a lot of time with him because hes getting ready for a big test, and hes been busy, but Im sure that he would tell me if there was something to say."
He said that Johnny is tired of talking about it and would prefer to be left alone, especially with tests to take before the Christmas break.
This would be over if Meyer were told that there is no longer an interest and to please respect the privacy so that he can focus on his studies. But, that hasnt happened. Why?
The perspective of those in the area is that Mack Brown and Texas have plenty to worry about. Upon accepting his U.S. Army All-American Bowl invitation, the young gun told me that Meyer is recruiting him very hard and shrugged it off acknowledging that it was his job. True. But, why listen?
You listen because Meyer has indeed struck up a friendship and trust with Brantley. Breakfast at the Brantleys? Hanging with the Gators at practice? Who knows? But, like so many other top recruits, Urban Meyer has gotten Brantleys attention. A national championship appearance can do that for a team. Just ask Texas.
Like a rock star before an eager audience on a sellout tour, this one wont be over until Johnny Brantley makes an encore appearance with a hat featuring a logo with a wide set of Horns or the toothy grin of a nasty reptile. Either way Johnny- your audience awaits.
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