You may remember us telling you about Durham Mt. Zion wide receiver Tehvyn Brantley and his amazing travel plans for June--Brantley and father Leroy plan to attend 22 combines and college camps in 28 days, criss-crossing the country from coast to coast.
Today the Great Adventure began, as Brantley participated in a Scout.com combine in Los Angeles. He called not long after it was over to catch us up on his status.
The first thing you should know about Brantley is that his nickname is "The Martian," because he doesn't seem human in that he never seems to get tired. Get back to me on that after you're finished with this insane month, Tehvyn.
Anyway, Brantley said the trip couldn't have started any better. The Scout folks already knew him from their combine in Charlotte when he was the offensive MVP, and were aware that he could play.
"This was a wonderful day," he said from his LA hotel room. "I woke up to a call from Florida--they're recruiting me the hardest, along with UCLA and Arizona State. It's kind of funny; I'm getting more love from the West Coast than from the East."
Brantley said he measured in at 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, and that may be part of the problem for some schools. But he improved his 40-yard dash speed, clocking a legit 4.57, and had his best pro shuttle time ever of 4.28.
"And I killed 'em in the one-on-one (receiving) drills," he said, his enthusiasm spilling over the phone.
Someone wanted a picture when he was done for the website, and asked if he wanted it taken with that Clemson hat he was wearing. Brantley laughed and quickly removed it.
"I was like, 'no way!" he said. "I need to keep all my options open."
Brantley is ready to keep it rolling.
"I've been in the weight room, getting set for this, and I aced all my exams, so I'm ready to go," he said.
The Great Adventure continues Monday, at the camp of Arizona State. --Stan Olson