NCF On The Trail: Caleb Brantley

Juco DT Reed signs with UF

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Junior college defensive tackle Jarran Reed (Goldsboro, N.C./East Mississippi CC) has signed his letter of intent to play football at the University of Florida.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman chose Florida over Alabama.

Reed, who previously had been committed to Ole Miss before officially decommitting last Thursday, joins two other defensive tackles in Florida's class: commit Caleb Brantley and early enrollee Darious Cummings.

Reed, Cummings and Florida defensive tackle Damien Jacobs all attended EMCC.
Defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Centennial) joined Florida's No. 1-ranked recruiting class on Wednesday morning, making the announcement in a ceremony at his high school. Bostwick picked the Gators over Alabama and Miami.

He is the 27th-ranked player nationally at his position and 286th in the ESPN 300.

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Signing day primer: Florida 

January, 23, 2013
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- There are just a couple of short weeks remaining until national signing day, and the Florida Gators have met a majority of their recruiting needs. With graduation, transfers and players leaving for the NFL draft, there are a few areas Florida head coach Will Muschamp would still like to shore up.

Key holes to fill

The Gators lost key personnel along the offensive line, wide receiver, linebacker, running back and secondary and are hoping to replenish their talent with junior college transfers and incoming freshmen.

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ESPN 150 defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City) has recommitted to Florida after breifly reopening his recruitment. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound lineman announced his decision via Twitter.



"I sat and talked to all the coaches except for coach [Will] Muschamp and coach [Dan] Quinn and I realized this is where I want to be," Brantley said. "I went with my heart."

Brantley said on Thursday after the Under Armour All-America Game practice that he would like to take visits to Oklahoma, Alabama and LSU, but after talking with the Florida staff, he decided to cancel those visits.

With Brantley back in the fold, the Gators now have 25 commitments including 14 in the ESPN 300 and 10 in the ESPN 150. Brantley had one sack for a loss of five yards in the UA Game.
There were reports that ESPN 150 defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City) had recommitted to Florida after backing off his pledge to the Gators on Wednesday.


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#UAGame practice: Day 4 notebook 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With just a player walk-through Thursday, things were relatively easy in Day 4 of practice at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports. A four-star defensive tackle gave further explanation about his decision to decommit from an SEC school, several players talked about who impressed them the most, and an ESPN 150 safety changed his decision date.


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#UAGame practice: Day 3 notebook 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Things heated up at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports for Day 3 of practice. With the temperature rising to nearly 80 degrees Wednesday, friendly competition and the battle between prospects to prove themselves escalated. And the first commitments -- and decommitments -- of the Under Armour All-America Game were made. To see the impact of those moves, check out our updated class rankings.


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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Four-star defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City) decommitted from Florida after the Under Armour All-America Game practice on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound athlete announced his decision via Twitter and later confirmed with ESPN.com.


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UA Game: Caleb Brantley Interview

January, 1, 2013
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Derek Tyson interviews Florida-committed defensive tackle Caleb Brantley after the second day of practice at the Under Armour All-America Game.

Florida weekend visitor preview 

December, 6, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida is hosting its annual football banquet this weekend and as usual it will use this time to bring in several recruits. With Florida having a majority of its class already filled, most of the visitors will be committed players or underclassmen.

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Tom Hauck/ESPNHSFlorida hopes to reaffirm the commitment of linebacker Quinton Powell on his official visit to the school this weekend.
Linebacker commits Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) and Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) have been looking around. Powell wants to take visits to USC and Miami (Fla), while McMillian has visited Ohio State recently. Both players will be officially visiting Florida this weekend. Florida will try and reaffirm McMillian's and Powell's commitments.

Powell said he's excited to be around the other Florida commits.

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Florida commits looking elsewhere? 

November, 27, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Despite Florida's impressive 11-1 record this season and likely BCS bowl berth, there are a few committed recruits who are still looking at other options.

Florida linebacker commit Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) has been committed to the Gators since Feb. 18, but is now considering Miami and Southern Cal.

Quinton Powell
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comFour-star Florida linebacker commit Quinton Powell is ranked No. 80 overall in the ESPN 150. He is the No. 8 OLB in the class of 2013.
"I haven't set any dates or talked to any coaches yet," Powell said, "but I plan on going to USC and Miami."

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UF recruiting shines, bad year or good 

November, 21, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- During the last 10 years or so, the Florida Gators have consistently ranked among teams with the top recruiting classes in the country -- and won two national championships, two SEC championships and played for another SEC championship.

This begs the question: Is Florida's success in recruiting a product of on-the-field success?


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Weekend Rewind: Florida 

November, 19, 2012
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Despite not having many visitors for its 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday, the Florida Gators will still consider this a successful recruiting weekend.

The Gators filled what potentially could be a big hole on the defensive line with the verbal commitment of Darious Cummings (Titusville, Fla./East Mississippi Community Colege) on Sunday. The 6-foot-3, 292-pound lineman, who originally signed with Florida State out of high school, switched his pledge from Ole Miss to Florida after taking an official visit to Florida this weekend.

Cummings said he has matured since his time at FSU.

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Hargreaves, Taylor jump up in ESPN 150 

November, 7, 2012
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With 20 verbal commitments, the Florida Gators continue to have one of the top recruiting classes in the country. In the updated ESPN 150/300 rankings, Florida has an impressive 13 players listed, including nine in the top 150.

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida's only five-star commitment, continues to lead the way for Florida's No. 2-ranked class. Hargreaves, now the No. 3-ranked player in the country, jumped offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil in the latest update.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida landed its 17th verbal commitment on Saturday as three-star defensive tackle Joey Ivie (Dade City, Fla./Pasco) made his pledge to the Gators.

Ivie, who had offers from FSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Miami and Mississippi State, said his familiarity with the Florida program is what ultimately persuaded him to commit to the Gators.

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Derek Tyson of ESPN.comDefensive lineman Joey Ivie is 6-foot-4, 271 pounds and brings a high motor to UF's class of 2013.
"I grew up a Florida fan," Ivie said. "My grandparents went to Florida. I feel like Florida still has another [title] shot. Their future is looking very bright."

Ivie made his decision after participating at Florida's summer football camp on Saturday. He was joined by another Florida defensive tackle commit, Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla./Crescent City). Ivie said Brantley also played a role in his decision to pull the trigger.

"I was talking to the other defensive line commit, Caleb Brantley. I was talking to him for a while," Ivie said. "He was telling me he needs someone else on the D-line next to him and some people to step it up. I'm just feeling orange and blue."

The 6-foot-4, 271-pound tackle said the experience of the Florida coaching staff will hopefully help him achieve his ultimate goal of playing in the NFL.

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