Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Are Wolfpack, Louisville interested in Brantley?

Schools don’t quite seem to know what to do with Tehvyn Brantley.

At camp after combine, Durham Mt. Zion Christian’s Brantley impresses everyone with his quick moves and ability to go up and get the ball. Then the recruiters look again at his 5-foot-8 height and can’t quite pull the trigger.

North Carolina, though, pulled it last month, and Brantley will meet with Tar Heels coach Butch Davis Wednesday. His commitment, though, is no sure thing.

“I wouldn’t say that I’m going to commit,” Brantley said with a laugh late Monday night. “We’re going to talk.”

Lately, Brantley has heard that both N.C. State and Louisville are interested in him, although he says there has been no official contact from those schools.

“I’ll see players going to other schools (at combines) and they’ll tell me their coaches are telling them to get me to come to their places,” he said. “That happens all the time.”

Brantley took two west coast tours earlier this summer, and a number of schools appeared to be interested then.

“The west coast schools are really not after me now,” he said. “That’s okay; I guess they are more interested in players in their own areas.”

Perhaps his biggest disappointment has been Tennessee. He attended the Volunteers’ June camp and was named its most outstanding receiver. But an offer never came.

“I just don’t understand that,” he said.

Then he played well at South Carolina’s camp, so well that all-American CB John Fulton called Brantley the best receiver he had ever seen. The coaches took his phone number, but he’s heard nothing since.

In addition to North Carolina, Wyoming recently offered. And he has a long-standing scholarship bid from Central Michigan.

And don’t get him wrong; he might commit to the Tar Heels come Wednesday. Brantley said he has considerable respect for Davis and his staff, because they offered when none of the other big schools would.

“And staying close to home wouldn’t be bad at all,” he said.

More coming on this Wednesday.

--Stan Olson


Anonymous said...

5 ft 8 ?

i fear that is too short.

Anonymous said...

yeah, he might excel at App State...prob not at a big school

carolinahomer said...

5ft8, wow, a full inch shorter then steve smith, if he can play, sign him

Anonymous said...

i doubt he is a steve smith

Stan Olson said...

Guys, if you haven't seen him, I'll tell you he's the real deal. He really does remind of Smith; gets great separation and has really good hands..

Anonymous said...

i wish him the best, sounds like someone should take a chance on him, at least a better look.

Anonymous said...

He has baggage. It has taken him 6years to get out of high school. We don't need or even want him at App.

Anonymous said...

all of these kids have baggage, most of em can't read and write from what i have seen.

god bless'em

MichaelProcton said...

Is that the same Steve Smith who had to start in JuCo and was never an impact receiver on the DI level?