Greg Brantley: His Coach's Take


Posted Jan 29, 2012


GoPokes.com is interviewing the coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to next week's National Signing Day. In this installment of “His Coach’s Take,” we visit with Chris Smith, the OC at Carthage High School in Texas, about Greg Brantley, a 6-7, 310-pound offensive tackle who finished as a first-team All-State offensive lineman in the Lone Star state.

What are Greg’s strengths as a football player?

Smith: “I think his knowledge of the game. I think he’s a very sharp young man, as far as football smarts and book smarts. He’s very football smart. He’s always in a position where he knows exactly what he’s supposed to do and does a great job of executing on the field.”

What do you think will be the biggest transition for him moving from the high school game to the Big 12 Conference?

Smith: “The speed of the game. Going against those guys, everything is going to happen so much faster, especially as an offensive lineman. I think once he transitions to that he’ll be just fine because he’ll pick up the mental side of it really well and adapt fluidly.”

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?

Smith: “He had a really good relationship with coach (Joe) Wickline. They hit it off really early when everybody started recruiting him. He had a good connection with him and then he had a good visit. The school and the coaches were natural fits for him.”

Do you think he has a chance to make an instant impact or will there be an adjustment period for him?

Smith: “I think any time you can redshirt it’s going to benefit you and I think it would benefit him. That’s going to be up to coach Wickline and coach (Mike) Gundy, but any time you can learn for a year it’s going to be a good thing. He’s young for his grade and he won’t turn 18 until the end of July, so he’ll actually report up to Stillwater as a 17-year-old kid. He’d obviously benefit by redshirting and spending time in the weight room and having an opportunity to learn.”

What do you think he is capable of accomplishing over the course of his college career at OSU?

Smith: “I believe the sky is the limit for him. He’s so young and he’s so bright, if he gets up there and works like we all know he will, the sky is the limit. You never know how good you can be until you look up four or five years from now, but I think he will develop into a really great player for Oklahoma State.”

What will you remember the most about coaching him?

Smith: “Just how much he developed. From where he was as a 15-year-old kid as a sophomore to where he is now has been unbelievable. He was always big but he was a little awkward because he was so young and his body was catching up. He was just so awkward 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. That’s what I’ll always remember, just how much better he got and how much he developed because of his own work ethic over two years.”


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