Michigan State has landed its highest-rated recruit for 2021 — 3-star cornerback Charles Brantley.
The ninth commit for the 2021 recruiting class, Brantley is a 6-foot-0, 160-pound corner from Venice (FL) High School. Brantley is the 76th-ranked player in Florida and the 41st-ranked corner nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Brantley ultimately committed to Michigan State over schools like Florida State, Washington State, Maryland, Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Louisville. He joins other defensive back commits Antoine Booth and fellow Florida native Gabe Nealy in the 2021 class.
What separates Brantley from other cornerbacks in the country is his ability to read the ball coming out of the quarterback’s hand. Brantley finished his junior season with nine interceptions and many, including Brantley himself, believe he can snag double-digit interceptions his senior season. Brantley is 7-on-7 teammates with fellow Michigan State 2022 safety target Jaydon Hodge. He’ll be recruiting Hodge hard to join him in the Michigan State secondary.
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Fifth Quarter spoke with Brantley last week and asked him why he felt comfortable committing to Michigan State without ever visiting.
“The coaching staff made me feel very comfortable and at home, especially (defensive coordinator) Harlon Barnett,” he said. “My original plan was to commit to Michigan State when I went up on my official visit this fall, but with the coronavirus, it was up in the air if that was going to take place.”
Many may not remember, but Brantley once was considered a Florida State lean and had a 100 percent crystal ball to FSU. This was due to his relationship with Barnett. Barnett served as the FSU defensive coordinator the last two seasons.
Now, the Florida native is set to follow Barnett up to East Lansing. One thing Brantley knows — visit or not — Michigan State is home.