Georgia Southern received an early summer commitment on Thursday for its 2018 recruiting class as Riverview High (Sarasota, Florida) quarterback/safety Arthur Brantley announced he was pledging to the Eagles.
Brantley made his decision just days after he took an unofficial visit to Statesboro this past weekend. Brantley said the Georgia Southern coaching staff offered him a scholarship just before he left for home, and it didn’t take him too long to accept the opportunity. For him, Statesboro felt like home.
“It was a great experience,” Brantley said in a phone interview on Thursday. “The atmosphere is lovely. Everything about it felt like home.”
Brantely has received scholarship offers from Southern Miss, Charleston Southern, Eastern Michigan, Austin Peay and Toledo. But Georgia Southern is the only school that has shown interest in recruiting him as a quarterback.
“Most schools want me as an athlete, but I feel like Georgia Southern is a good fit for me,” Brantley said. (Georgia Southern offensive coordinator Bryan) Cook wanted me and made feel like I was the best guy for the job.”
Georgia Southern’s offense is also very similar to the system Riverview runs, said Brantley, who is going into his senior year after transferring from nearby Booker High, where he had his share of 300-yard passing games. But Brantley thinks he’s most effective in a read-option system.
Brantley said GS running backs Wesley Fields and Monteo Garrett hosted him over the weekend and gave him a good picture of what the offense might look like with him at the helm.
“Having running backs who are pound, pound, pound and are explosive and can open it for the quarterback, there’s an opportunity to score a lot of points,” he said.
“I like running the ball more, but if I find my receivers open, I’m going to air it out.”
The NCAA adopted a new December signing period for players like Brantley who know where they’re going and don’t want to have to wait until National Signing Day in February to ink their letters of intent. Brantley said he hasn’t made up his mind about when he will sign.
“I was thinking about signing on the official signing day in February, but if it comes down to them wanting me to sign in December, I will,” he said.