The Presley brothers’ lockers were side-by-side at OSU for almost a year. But not anymore.
In December, Braylin Presley announced he would enter the transfer portal, then committed to Tulsa 11 days later. His older brother, Brennan, OSU’s leading receiver in 2022, said he never thought about leaving and is entering his senior season.
On Monday, the start of the second week of OSU's spring football practices, Brennan offered his perspective of Braylin’s decision to leave.
When Braylin, a former four-star from Bixby, joined OSU in 2022, Brennan said he wanted to allow his younger brother to live his own life and make his own decisions. Brennan said Braylin didn’t tell him he was going to transfer, but he respects his decision.
“He didn’t have to talk to us,” Brennan said. “He probably talked to my parents about it, but whatever he thinks is best for him, I’m not gonna fight it. It’s what he wants to do. He’s been mature like that since he was 15. He’s always wanted to mature early and do his own thing.”
In seven games, Braylin caught five passes for 26 yards. He told the Tulsa World in December that he wanted to be used in the backfield and said the coaches did not tell him he would not be used as a running back.
The Presley’s weren’t the only brothers to split from OSU in the offseason. Bryson Green — who led the team in receiving touchdowns in 2022 — transferred to Wisconsin while his brother, Blaine, stayed in Stillwater.
Although Brennan won’t be seeing his brother on a constant basis anymore, his relationship with Braylin and wanting to see him succeed prevail over his own feelings.
“You share a personal connection, but you also share a connection (on the field),” Brennan said. “You want to see them do everything they do. I want to see him do as well as me. It hurts a lot, but at the end of the day, I have to move on.”