Caleb Brantley chooses Florida Gators over NFL draft
GAINESVILLE - Florida DL Caleb Brantley announced Friday that he will return to the Gators next year for his redshirt junior season.
"I never thought about leaving," said Brantley, who had 5.5 tackles for a loss on a dominant UF front. "I just felt like I could better myself if I came back next year."
The 6-foot-2, 314-pound Brantley was one of several UF underclassmen with NFL futures to consider. DB Vernon Hargreaves III (Wharton High) has said the he will probably skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. WR Demarcus Robinson and RB Kelvin Taylor are others who could forgo their eligibility by turning pro.
Brantley said his relationship with DL Jon Bullard helped him decide to return to school for his fourth season. Bullard could have gone pro after last year but returned. Some sites project him as a first-round pick in this spring's draft.
"He chose to come back and really surprised me," Brantley said. "I think he moved himself into the first round with a stellar season...I feel like I really haven't played how I can play yet."