2014 Intro: Walter Brantley
Walter Brantley
Posted Jul 3, 2012
Michael B. Clark

Walter Brantley is a 2014 offensive lineman for one of the top high school football programs in the country. Phoebus High (Hampton, Va.) will try to win its fifth straight state title this fall. If that is going to happen, the Phantoms will need Brantley have a big season.

Walter Brantley will be one of the anchors for the Phoebus offensive line this fall. The talented 2014 prospect has performed very well over the past several months and college coaching staffs have taken notice.

“The summer is going well,” said Walter Brantley. “I took an unofficial visit to Old Dominion a few days ago. I really like their campus. I think they will be the first to offer me.”

Earlier this summer, the 6-foot-3, 320-pound offensive lineman also took another trip.

“I went to Virginia Tech for their camp” he said. “It was my first college camp and I really enjoyed it. But it was definitely a wake-up call because I am used to being the big man on campus. They have a really good coaching staff. Coach (Curt) Newsome used to coach my dad at Phoebus and they are close. He personally pulled me aside and to give me a couple of blocking guidelines, which will help me, improve my technique and become a better blocker. My favorite parts of the camp were the one-on-ones and the drills.”

While those two schools are recruiting Brantley the hardest, others are also showing interest.

“I have also heard from Maryland, Marshall, Virginia, Norfolk State, Hampton, Virginia State, and North Carolina,” he said. “Alabama also sent me some mail, but I haven’t heard from them in a while.”

Brantley said that he was likely done with college camps and visits for the summer, but plans to take some visits this fall.

“I will probably go back up to (Virginia) Tech for a more in-depth visit,” said Brantley. “I have never gotten a chance to take tour of the campus, so I want to do that. Alabama invited me to a camp and since I couldn’t get down there, I would like to go to a game. I would also like to visit North Carolina.”

Brantley knows what he is looking for in a school.

“Academics will be first because I want to major in engineering,” he said. “As far as football, I want to play in spread offense.”

The offensive lineman has big goals for his junior season.

“First, I want to do well academically,” he said. “In football, my motto going into the season is to take no plays off and of course I want to win another state championship.”

Brantley is being recruited to play both guard and center at the collegiate level. He bench presses 370 pounds and squats 430.

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