BIXBY — Brennan Presley has been been a game-changing performer for Bixby ever since he touched the football for the first time in a varsity game — actually the first two times.
It was Week 6 of the 2016 season when Presley made his varsity debut by returning the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown against Sapulpa.
Presley showed it wasn’t a fluke when he also scored on his second varsity touch later in the game — a 40-yard catch.
During the past three seasons, Presley has been a consistent playmaker for the Spartans and has helped them win two Class 6AII state titles. He will enter this season on top of the All-World preseason rankings for receivers. The rankings are based on past achievements, projected 2019 performance and college potential.
Presley edges out Booker T. Washington’s Javian “JJ” Hester for the top position. Last summer, Hester was No. 1 while Presley was No. 5.
Other returnees from last summer’s rankings are Regent Prep’s Jack Wright, Stillwater’s Anthony Bland, Claremore’s Dylan Kedzior and Lincoln Christian’s Sam Brueggemann. Another player from last year’s receiver rankings, Skiatook’s Jayden Garner, will be listed later in the rankings of defensive backs.
Presley has 151 career catches. Last year, he had 67 receptions for 1,081 yards and 10 touchdowns as the Spartans won a state title, finishing with 12 consecutive victories.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better season,” Presley said.
Presley also can make things happen as a ballcarrier — he averaged 13.2 yards on 18 carries with five TDs. He also completed his only pass for 32 yards, scored on a 98-yard kickoff return and, as a defensive back, he had six interceptions. He was a World All-State selection as a DB and an All-World selection at receiver.
“He’s electric, a phenomenal football player and a phenomenal kid,” Bixby coach Loren Montgomery said. “He’s only going to get better. He has a knack for making the big play.
“As a defensive back, you don’t see many completions thrown over him.”
A play that stands out for Montgomery came in a loss to Jenks.
“He took a bubble screen, completely reversed field — you normally don’t like to see that but he went 40 yards,” Montgomery said. “He can make something out of nothing.”
Presley, 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, has college offers from Oklahoma State, Arkansas State, Army, Eastern Michigan, Memphis, New Mexico State, North Texas, Temple and William and Mary, and others such as Arkansas and Kansas State have also shown interest in him.
Presley’s favorite NFL player is Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson.
“Coming out of high school, he was like 160, 155 pounds,” Presley said. “He was insanely small, but insanely quick and fast, like most people say I am. Being that size and seeing what he has done in the pros gives me hope I can do the same.”