September 12th, 2012 02:05pm

Gator Prospectus: DT Caleb Brantley


Brantley played through a hand injury and made a big play for his team late in the game. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

This is the second profile in the Gator Prospectus series covering Florida’s 2013 in-state commits.

Name: Caleb Brantley
Jan. 28
Crescent City
Position: Defensive tackle
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 295 pounds
Scouting Report: His first step rivals that of UF defensive lineman Dominique Easley. On nearly every play, Brantley penetrates through the offensive line as soon as the ball is snapped and bursts into the backfield. He’s a disruptive run-stopper that wraps up well. Though he will be a defensive tackle for Florida, he’s playing end this year for his high school team and dropped 12 pounds over the summer to become a better blitzer. The only way to slow him down is to double team him or run/pass toward the opposite side, which most teams do when they face him. Certainly shows flashes of greatness but is still somewhat raw as pass rusher. Needs to work on his technique and add some more tools to his repertoire, but has the work ethic to improve.
For The Game:
Class 1A Crescent City hosted 3A St. Pete Catholic, which was without FSU running back commit Ryan Green (torn labrum). Brantley injured his left hand in the first half and was sidelined momentarily to get a soft cast put on. But he played through the injury and finished with three tackles for loss and two sacks, the latter coming on the game’s last possession. With his team clinging on to a 21-20 lead in the final minute, Brantley shed two blocks and sacked St. Pete quarterback Jack Sheehan on third-and-22 for what should have been the game-winning play. But on fourth-and-26, a Crescent City defender tipped Sheehan’s desperation pass high in the air and one of his receivers came down with the catch to move the chains. St. Pete went on to win 23-21 and avoid the upset on Garrett Vallaro’s 24-yard field goal with 3.4 seconds left.
Video: Click HERE for my interview with Brantley after the game.
Quotable: “When he got injured and told me he was good, I said get back in there because it does something for him mentally when he can push through things. As far as his performance, he made a couple plays. That last sack was the type of plays that I’m expecting him to make. He’s quick, he’s fast and he’s strong. He has a 295-pound power clean, 405-pound bench press and a 500-pound squat. He comes off the ball and he knocks you backwards pretty good. If you don’t got two or three guys in tight splits and bearing down on him, he’s gonna do damage.” — Crescent City coach Al Smith
Became a soft verbal in early May but reaffirmed his commitment in the summer and is now 100 percent solid; named the top 2013 defensive tackle at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in June; also competed in the Orlando Nike Football Training Camp and The Opening; will play in the Under Armour All-American Game in January; ranked No. 4 positionally and No. 31 overall by ESPN, ranked No. 6 positionally and No. 90 overall by Rivals.

For a recap of the top performances in Week 2 by members of Florida’s 2013 class, click HERE.

Up next week on the Gator Prospectus: UF safety commit Nick Washington.

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  1. September 12th, 2012 4:17 pm

    Go Gators!!

    Welcome aboard.

    by kaput

  2. September 12th, 2012 5:11 pm

    Man do we need him! What a line we are going to have.

    by Preston

  3. September 12th, 2012 5:23 pm

    Brantley has also been a big recruiter for the Gators too.

    by Gator Todd

  4. September 12th, 2012 8:35 pm

    Are you sure thats not his dad? The guy looks like his in his mid 30′s.

    by scooterp

  5. September 12th, 2012 8:58 pm

    @scooterp, Caleb is what I’d call a “man-child”. Everything about him is like an adult except his age. Great grab for the Gators, as CCJSHS players, when they do get scholarships, usually go to FSU.

    PS: Born and raised in Crescent City

    by CCC

  6. September 12th, 2012 10:01 pm

    Right on, right on. Just the kind of player that the Gators need. Muschamp knows exactly what he’s doing.
    Go Gators!

    by Doug

  7. September 13th, 2012 12:01 am

    nice art. Zach.

    by J

  8. September 13th, 2012 12:41 am

    Nice write Mr. Z. Man, I really like this Brantley Man Kid. GO GATORS!

    by GatorStrong

  9. September 13th, 2012 5:48 pm

    Why are my posts not showing up? Have I been banned for some unknown reason? My last couple have been positive and relevant. Other than a few directed at the unmentioned… they have been similar to the one I sent an hour ago, “just in time for Easley to either go to the NFL or play his senior season.” ????

    by Falco

  10. September 14th, 2012 3:06 am

    He scares me. still a lot of chatter of FSU

    by Omaha_Gator

  11. September 14th, 2012 3:14 am

    Just Seen a Tweet about him going to FSU vs. Clem. game over Gator home game for his official visit. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? Zach man has he told you anything? Should we be worried?

    by J

  12. September 14th, 2012 9:47 am

    Failed to mention Caleb had Sheehan in his grasp but he escaped and completed the pass tipped or not to win the game. Go gators!

    by John sheehan

  13. September 14th, 2012 12:25 pm

    That last play was not on Brantley. The Crescent City CB was all alone for the interception and terribly dropped the ball. He should have batted the pass down anyway.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  14. September 18th, 2012 12:32 pm

    Lets hope the brainwashed CC DelusioNOLES fans don’t ruin him like they did Pooh Bear who could have had a great career at UF. I was one of the few Die hard Gators in the town.

    by Tom

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