Several Oklahoma State football high school recruits concluded their prep careers last week in the OSSAA playoffs, with several facing each other and one winning a state championship.
Here is how some of OSU’s top in-state commitments fared in the 2021 OSSAA playoffs:
Linebacker Gabe Brown (Stillwater)
Gabe Brown and Stillwater fell in the Class 6A-II semifinals to Bixby by a score of 48-6. The Pioneers had also faced the Spartans in the 2018 and 2019 state championship games, losing both times as well.
Brown, who received interested from Baylor and all three service academies, is a three-star linebacker who helped lead Stillwater to a 9-3 overall record.
Running back C.J. Brown (Beggs)
C.J. Brown helped Beggs advance to the Class 2A semifinals, where the Demons fell to Washington High School by a score of 14-8. The senior rushed for 76 yards on 19 carries in the loss after a 2021 season in which he gained 2,189 rushing yards overall.
Beggs had defeated each of its previous three playoff opponents in Sequoyah Claremore, Vian, and Crossings Christian by at least 20 points. Beggs lost its postseason matchup with Washington, however, for the second year in a row.
Wide receiver Mason Gilkey (Pawhuska)
Mason Gilkey and Pawhuska lost 35-31 in the Class A semifinals to Cashion. Cashion had advanced to the state championship final in 2019 and had won the 2020 title. Pawhuska, on the other hand, lost for the second straight year in the semifinals.
Pawhuska was fresh off a 47-0 quarterfinal win against Elmore City-Pernell and ends the year with an 11-3 record. This year’s group of Huskies seniors, with 40 wins overall, finishes as the winningest class in school history.
Defensive lineman Jaleel Johnson (Putnam City North)
Jaleel Johnson and Putnam City North lost for the second straight year in the Class 6A-II quarterfinals, this time to Bixby — more on the Spartans below.
The Panthers lost this matchup by a score of 78-7 against a historically dominant Bixby squad. Bixby led 65-0 at halftime en route to winning its fourth consecutive state championship.
Wide receiver Braylin Presley (Bixby)
Bixby finished the 2021 season with an emphatic 63-14 win against Deer Creek in the 6A-II state championship final.
Days later, Presley was named the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year after helping Bixby win its fourth consecutive state title. He topped 1,000 rushing yards for the season and scored four touchdowns in the state title game. In the process of doing so, Presley helped the Spartans win their 49th consecutive game — breaking a 48-game winning streak helped set by OSU linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez at Wagoner.
Current OSU wide receiver Brennan Presley, Braylin’s older brother, won Oklahoma’s 2019 Gatorade Player of the Year while at Bixby.
Wide receiver Talyn Shettron and tight end Tabry Shettron (Edmond Santa Fe)
Edmond Santa Fe lost in the quarterfinals of the 6A-I playoffs to Mustang by a score of 37-17.
Talyn drew interest from Auburn, Oklahoma, and Baylor and was committed to OU before flipping to the Cowboys — and he’s the sixth-highest rated wide receiver in the nation. He was held to just four catches for 48 yards in the loss to Mustang.
The two had helped Santa Fe reach the state championship final in 2020.