Hershey alum Harold Brantley earns NFL chance with Cincinnati Bengals
Former Hershey High standout Harold Brantley will get his shot at the NFL.
The Cincinnati Bengals have signed the undrafted free agent out of Division II Northwest Missouri State.
Brantley’s college career began at Missouri, with the rambunctious defensive tackle earning All-SEC honors following a stellar 2014 season.
Projected as a third-rounder, Brantley chose to return to Missouri to bolster its draft stock. Two months later, a devastating car accident nearly took his life.
.@Bengals pick up @NWBearcatsFB product Harold Brantley (@HaroldB_717) as undrafted free agent. pic.twitter.com/mefPkzjTjw
— NW Missourian Sports (@NWMSports) April 30, 2017
Hoping to return for the 2016 season, Brantley was dismissed from the team for academic issues, so he chose to transfer to nearby NW Missouri State.
Brantley would split reps most of the season, but picked up 22 tackles over 11 games. The Bengals also extended camp invitations for fellow Pa. products Geno Lewis and Demetrious Cox.
Lewis, a wide receiver from Oklahoma, starred at Wyoming Valley West. Michigan State’s Cox is a former all-state selection from Jeannette.
Below is a complete list of Pa. players that have either signed as undrafted free agents or been invited to rookie mini-camps.
Harold Brantley, DT, Northwest Missouri State (Bengals) — Hershey
Wayne Capers, WR, Duquesne (Steelers) — Chartiers Valley
Brandon Clemons, G-DT, Michigan State (Cardinals) — Delaware Valley
Dylan Colucci, G, Youngstown State (Panthers) — Latrobe
Demetrious Cox, S, Michigan State (Bengals) — Jeannette
Dontez Ford, WR, Pitt (Lions) — Sto-Rox
Christian Kuntz, LB, Duquesne (Buccaneers) — Chartiers Valley
Geno Lewis, WR, Oklahoma (Bengals) — Wyoming Valley West
Chris Muller, OL, Rutgers (Colts) — Boyertown
Colin Thompson, TE, Temple (Giants) — Archbishop Wood