For a second straight offseason, Charles Brantley decided to enter his name into the transfer portal, leaving Michigan State football for the time being.
And for a second straight year, Brantley has decided to withdraw his name from the portal and return to East Lansing with the hopes of starting at cornerback. This time, however, he'll be tasked with impressing a new coaching staff enough to earn a starting job.
After deciding to come back last offseason following a portal entry, Brantley only played three games and had his worst season as a Spartan. This may have led to him entering the portal in the first place.
But much like he has with other quality pieces, Jonathan Smith was able to get Brantley out of the portal and back in East Lansing. While Brantley will likely be best served as a depth piece after struggling a bit over the past couple of years ever since his freshman year injury, he is still experienced and has shown he can be a problem for opposing offenses.
In his career, Brantley has 76 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, two picks, and 11 pass breakups. He has been all over the field for the Spartans, but he needs to work on his coverage -- his aggression is not an issue.
Along with Brantley, Geno VanDeMark, Derrick Harmon, Kristian Phillips, Jaron Glover, Darius Snow, Ethan Boyd, and Brandon Baldwin have all decided to withdraw from the portal and return to MSU.
Smith is building something special in East Lansing.