The Oklahoman's Super 30: OSU football commit Braylin Presley's unique skills were evident early

Scott Wright

BIXBY — With Braylin Presley as his quarterback on the team of first-graders he was coaching, Melvin Collins always knew his first play call of every game.

“Quarterback sneak,” Collins said. “First play of the game, every time.”

And it usually went for big yardage with Presley weaving his way through defenders. 

Once in a playoff game, Collins called for the sneak from his team’s own 10-yard line.

“I called the quarterback sneak and Braylin went 90 yards,” Collins said. “The ref threw a flag, called holding or something. So they backed us up. I called the same play again, and he went 95 yards. I have never seen him so winded. 

“For a first-grader to go 90-some yards back to back, that’s pretty special.”

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Presley was special then, and he’s special now, as he nears his senior season at Bixby High School. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back/receiver is rated No. 8 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2022 class.

He is committed to Oklahoma State, where he will rejoin his older brother, Brennan, who is a sophomore receiver for the Cowboys. 

As the second-youngest in a family with seven siblings, Braylin has made his own name, which wasn’t always easy. Especially with how talented his older siblings were.

“It’s fun having so many siblings, but it was a challenge making a name for yourself. It was around my sophomore year I realized I didn’t want to be known as Brennan’s brother or Brandee’s brother,” Braylin said, referring to his older sister, who was a track star at Ole Miss.

Yet Braylin found a way to be himself. 

“He’s more outgoing,” said his father, Arthur Presley. “He’s the one that every once in a while, I gotta reel him in. But in sports, I can’t reel him in too much, because then he’s not gonna be himself.

“He knows reality. He knows better, but when he gets on the football field or is running track, I let it flow and let it go. He’s gotta be who he is on the field, but when he gets off the field, he knows when to reel it in.”

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On the field, Presley is a star. He was The Oklahoman’s All-State Offensive Player of the Year last season, rushing for 1,744 yards on 222 carries and catching 57 passes for 727 yards, with 37 total touchdowns.

“You could tell from Day One that he was special,” said Collins, who coached Brennan and Braylin in football, and coached all of the Presley kids in track. “His instincts even in first grade were on another level. His knowledge of the game at that age — you could give him a play, and he just needed to practice it a couple times and he could run it for you. 

“He was his own man. He could hold his own. It wasn’t like he was walking in anybody’s footsteps.”

These days, Collins still has flashbacks to those quarterback sneaks Braylin would run as a first-grader.

“It makes you proud watching him now, makes you think you were a good coach,” Collins said with a laugh. “I tell people I’m not taking credit for what those kids are doing. They were just special. They’re a special family.”

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Bixby's Braylin Presley, who is committed to Oklahoma State, ranks No. 8 on The Oklahoman's Super 30.

The Oklahoman's 2022 Super 30

Name: Braylin Presley | School: Bixby

Super 30 ranking: No. 8

Height: 5-foot-9 | Weight: 175 pounds

Position: Running back/receiver

Committed to: Oklahoma State

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About the series

The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2022 class. The series continues Monday with No. 8, Bixby's Braylin Presley. See No. 7 on the list in Tuesday's editions of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players we've featured:

No. 12: Gabe Brown, LB, Stillwater

No. 11: Desean Brown, DL, Choctaw

No. 10: Andre Dollar, TE, Mustang

No. 9: CJ Brown, RB, Beggs

No. 8: Braylin Presley, RB/WR, Bixby