Sherrard Brantley will make official on Friday afternoon what he made unofficial with a Facebook post Thursday night – he intends to become a Georgia Bulldog.
Brantley, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard at Northwest Florida College, committed to Bulldogs’ coach Mark Fox on Thursday, his junior college coach confirmed. The Dublin High graduate was to make an announcement sometime later on Friday. He will have three years of eligibility remaining at Georgia.
“He’s going to make it official today,” Northwest Florida coach Bruce Stewart said. “He’s a heckuva of player, one of the best I’ve had. Georgia got a good one.”
Georgia recruited Brantley to give them another outside shooter along the lines of senior Ricky McPhee, who is graduating this year. Brantley averaged 13.7 points at Northwest Florida, shooting 43 percent from 3-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line. He was named the Panhandle Conference’s Freshman of the Year.
“He was the biggest surprise of our team by far,” Stewart said. “I mean he set a record made 113 3s this year. He was good when he got here but he just blew up as the season went on.”
Stewart said Brantley ended up at junior college only because he was late qualifier and, as a result, did not have any substantial scholarship offers. He led Dublin to the state championship in 2009.
Brantley still hasn’t answer phone calls, texts or emails seeking comment. However, about 11 p.m. Thursday he changed his Facebook status to read: “Sherrard Brantley just committed to the University of Georgia. happy to finally get done with this stuff. thanks to everybody who (sic) keeping up with me.”
When he signs — the spring period does not begin until April 14 — Brantley will become the third member of the Bulldogs’ Class of 2010 and the second new addition this week. Donte Williams, a 6-foot-9 forward from Lithonia’s Miller Grove High School, committed Tuesday night. Cady Lalanne, a 6-foot-9 forward from Orlando, signed with UGA back in November.
Georgia has room to sign at least one other player for 2010 if it chooses. It’s between the Bulldogs, UNLV and New Mexico for swingman Dwayne Polee of Los Angeles.