As much as we like to comment on every recruiting win, there are some types of recruits that are just more energizing to a fan base than others. Auburn commit Hal Presley is that type of recruit.
By Steve Wright
One such type would-be recruits at the wide receiver position, where it is easy to watch a high school highlight tape and imagine the player scoring touchdowns and burning defenders in a college uniform. That is exactly what Auburn Tigers fans will be experiencing today watching tape of 2021 commit Hal Presley out of Mansfield Summit (Arlington, TX) High School.
Presley is a 3-star recruit per the 247Sports Composite Rankings system. He is graded by the rankings as the No. 485 player in the nation, the No. 74 WR and the No. 73 player from the class in Texas. This is lower than the 247Sports recruiters have Presley graded, with the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder coming out in their rankings as the No. 54 WR and – ironically – also the No. 54 player in Texas. Presley was back in play for just two weeks after he de-committed from his original college choice, Baylor.
Presley is a big-play threat in high school and he will be able to transition that particular skill to the college level immediately. His speed allows him to consistently get behind defenses – as you can see in his junior season highlights package – and he finished that season with 45 catches for 874 yards and eight touchdowns. Getting bigger and stronger will help, but there are plenty of WRs who contribute early just because they do one thing – such as have lightning speed – better than anyone else on the field.
Hal Presley is a large target with a great catch radius and he will become a huge red zone threat as his career with Auburn progresses. He is already outstanding at winning the contested ball and the video shows plays of him adjusting his body with the ball in the air to great effect. He seems a little undervalued as a low 3-star recruit and he could be a steal long term for the Tigers.