Sarasota, January 8, 2019- The Riverview Rams tied the 2018 season knot at 10-4 overall and 5-1 in their district 6 standings (1st of 7 teams in district, 20th of 89 teams in Class 8A standings), good for a 26 overall statewide rank. The major anchor to the Ram’s defense? Sophomore cornerback Charles Brantley; a piece that fits perfectly in Riverview’s puzzle. Here’s a little insight to keep in the back of your mind as to why this young corner is creating some respected noise around Class 8A.
Playmaker much?! Brantley’s Hudl film is stacked with big play-making qualities that scouts drool over. His Football IQ and field awareness for where he needs to be within the secondary is thoroughly systematic- seemingly always at the right place at the right time. Charles’ depth perception and aggressive ball hawk skill-sets were defining ingredients in his scary-good 2018 production- granting his right to rock the Riverview turn-over chain all season long!
Recruiters took early notice of his defensive capabilities last year, receiving his first offer to play in some D1 red and white threads from Austin Peay State University.
The 6’1” 155-pound student-athlete holding down the maroon and white’s outer edges, also holds himself to a high standard both mentally and physically, upholding a 3.2 GPA. This season, Brantley has secured a whopping 9 acrobatic INTERCEPTIONS (7 more compared to his freshman year), 4 fumble recoveries, 2 on special teams, 2 forced fumbles on textbook tackles and 3 count em’ THREE blocked field goals- this star-studded sophomore is any and everywhere for the Rams.
According to MaxPreps, in his first six games played, he posted 13 solo and 14 total tackles and 1 TFL. Those stats, of course, don’t do his second-year efforts justice- the real proof is in the pudding (6 minutes 28 seconds of pure, mind-blowing full season plays).
This talented back has shaped an elite profile with all gas, no brakes in just a two-year span, fully able to compete as a four-year player and varsity asset day in and day out. It’s exciting to witness the ways he will push his limits to achieve everything the future has in store, for a potentially extensive and successful football career.
Vaughan Sixbury, BCP Contributor