Greg Brantley, as a fast and physical 6-foot-7, 310-pound tackle, can now easily be projected as a quarterback's blind side protector.
It wasn't always that way.
“From where he was as a 15-year-old kid as a sophomore to where he is now has been unbelievable,” Chris Smith, the offensive coordinator at Brantley's high school in Texas, Carthage High, told Scout.com. “He was always big, but he was a little awkward because he was so young and his body was catching up.
“We didn't know how good he could be, thinking maybe he'd just be a big body. He put in so much work off the field to develop his body that he's become a stud at just 17.”
Brantley was an integral part of a Carthage team that finished 9-4 and advanced three rounds deep into the playoffs. He was picked to the Class 3A All-State first team.
Known for his quick feet and athleticism — especially for his size — Brantley is a four-star recruit according to Scout. His coaches also tout his smarts, both on the field and off.
For Brantley, the fit at OSU seems natural. One, he hit off with Cowboys offensive line coach Joe Wickline during the recruiting process. And two, he plans to major in petroleum engineering.