January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highligt defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (57) during the second half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 16-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

100 Days of Florida Football: No. 57 Caleb Brantley

When defensive lineman Caleb Brantley first came onto the scene, he couldn’t quite seem to make up his mind when deciding whether or not he wanted to play for Florida. He committed, he decommitted, and then recommitted.

Coming out of high school, Brantley was a 4-star recruit. He first came to Florida with a little too much weight on him, but has since dropped the excess pounds. Brantley won MVP honors with the scout team last season and spent last year redshirting to work on getting into better shape. Brantley is a good-sized, physical lineman who could really be of benefit to the Gators, but he needed the year to grow and mature. Dominique Easley even stated that he felt Brantley needed to grow up a little when he first arrived at Florida, but he felt that’s exactly what he did over the course of the season.

Although the Gators are quite young at the defensive lineman position, it’s not a position in which they are lacking depth. With Leon Orr locked in at nose tackle, Darious Cummings at defensive tackle, and Jonathan Bullard also seeing some time on the inside, it’s likely Brantley won’t start, but will see snaps in a rotational role.

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