By MIKE MOGUIN
GTR Sports Writer
Brennan Presley had an outstanding career at Bixby, displaying his skills as one of the top receivers in the state.
The senior Spartan closed the deal on the next chapter of his life when he signed with Oklahoma State University last month.
Presley made a verbal commitment to the Cowboys in the summer. His decision is rooted in the fact that he has always been an OSU fan, he said.
“They have used their receivers and built them to be the best receivers in the country,” Presley said. “They use their spots to give them the ball and let them do what they do. I felt like I should be there.”
Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon, David Glidden and James Washington are Cowboy receivers from the past that Presley looks up too. A present day Poke, Tylan Wallace, is also a favorite of Presley’s.
“They’ve (OSU) had a bunch of receivers that I really liked,” he said.
Other schools had pursued Presley, but once OSU called, that was it.
“I knew I wasn’t going anywhere else. It was going to have to be that choice,” he said.
During his time at Bixby, Presley played on three Class 6AII state championship teams in a four-year period (2016, 2018 and 2019) and added to a program that has won five of the past six titles. The year the team did not finish on top, it was runner-up (2017).
“It is very meaningful,” Presley said. “Just knowing how hard we worked through the offseason. After winning last season, we were already hitting the weights the Monday after, gearing for this season. So just knowing how hard we worked and just the things we did is a testament to everything we’ve accomplished.”
In the 2019 season, Presley caught 98 passes for 1,515 yards and 24 touchdowns. He was also a force in the defensive secondary as he made seven interceptions, including two he took back for scores.
Another plus for Presley was he got to play with his younger brother, Braylin, a sophomore who started in the backfield.
“It is very good,” the older Presley said. “Just knowing what he could do and what I can do, we put our talents for the team and not ahead of the team. It was really great that we both shined together, but made the team also shine too.”
Brennan Presley shined in the Spartans’ 40-36 win against Stillwater in the 6AII title game on Dec. 6 in Edmond.
Bixby had to overcome two deficits in that game. Presley caught one TD for 19 yards from quarterback Mason Williams and later returned a kickoff 98 yards for score that gave his team a 10-point lead.
“It was very anxious and nerve-wracking just being there,” Presley said. “Just trying to stay calm while we were making plays and they were making plays was a challenge, because you don’t want to get too hyped. We had to stay even-minded and not worry.”
Presley said that until the final second ticked off, the Spartans never felt like they had the game in the bag.
“That’s a great team (Stillwater). They had us down 17-3. So even after we went up, we never got complacent or never thought that ‘we have this.’ So, we just grinded it out and kept fighting through the game.”
Final numbers for Presley in the 6AII final were 16 catches for 199 yards. He also ran to kickoffs back for 136 yards and rushed for 43 yards in nine handoffs.
Presley said that fans only see the prize, but what they don’t see is the hard work the players put in behind the scenes to achieve it.
“Knowing how hard it was to get out there and play on Fridays – the weights, the summer workouts and everything else – that’s the No. 1 thing I enjoy most, that I was able to come through it and persevere and get to play on those days.”