North Carolina watched Durham Mt. Zion Academy wide receiver Tehvyn Brantley play at its June camp and then ignored his height, variously listed at 5-foot-7 or 5-8, and offered him a scholarship.
None of the other major area schools—Wyoming offered last week, and Central Michigan was in on him early—could get past his stature.
The Tar Heels have.
Brantley visited Chapel Hill Wednesday, meeting with North Carolina coaches for five hours in a day that included a meeting with head coach Butch Davis.
“It was wonderful,” Brantley said Wednesday night. “I didn’t commit, but they are definitely the favorite. They want me to come back Saturday to watch practice, and I’m going.”
While he didn’t commit, he said he hopes to hold a press conference in a week or two to announce his decision, calling doing so a “once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
It’s still conceivable that a school like Tennessee or Auburn—he had outstanding camps at both schools—could come in and make a late race of it, but don’t bet on it.
Brantley, told by North Carolina’s coaches that he might return kicks immediately, said he wanted no guarantees; he wanted to earn his playing time. The Tar Heels told him that he might eventually fit in the offense at slot receiver.
“I was so excited that as soon as I was done up there, I went and worked out,” he said. “I’m going to be our enemies’ misery.”