Crescent City (Fla.) defensive tackle Caleb Brantley made the short trip to Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday to check out the Florida Gators during their junior day event. He left impressed.
"I committed to Florida today," Brantley said.
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle waited until he returned home to make it official.
"I talked to Coach (Will) Muschamp about it while on the visit but I told him I wasn't sure at that time and that I wanted to talk to my family about it," Brantley said. "After we got home. We talked about it. Coach Muschamp had to catch a plane to Atlanta, so I talked with Coach (Dan) Quinn tonight and told him I was committed. Coach Quinn told me to call Coach Muschamp this weekend. He said they were excited to have me in the Gator family."
For Brantley, the decision was an easy one to make.
"It is just the feeling I got when I was on campus," Brantley said. "My family loved it. I just feel I can be really successful there. I felt like it was a family over there. I feel like I have a great relationship with the coaches."
A conversation with the head Gator also went a long way towards making the decision seem ideal to Brantley at this time.
"When I sat down with Will Muschamp in his office - the way he talked to me and my family," Brantley said. "He just answered every question that we had to ask. He answered them perfectly. My mom and my grandmother asked about the school. They asked about what they would do if I got hurt during my commitment. We talked about if they would want me to redshirt or not."
For Brantley, his commitment is a sort of completion of a childhood dream.
"I grew up a Gator fan and my whole family are Gator fans," Brantley said. "It is really close to home so my whole family can come to see me play."
Brantley chose Florida over offers from Florida A&M, Florida State, and South Florida. While he expects more offers to come in, he doesn't intend to entertain them.
"It is really early, but I am a Gator," Brantley said.