Prep Football Signing: Carson receiver Pressley going to Alderson-Broaddus
CHINA GROVE — One of the last things Mark Woody did as Carson football coach was attend a job fair of sorts.
His job was to find a home for star receiver K.J. Pressley, the school’s all-time leading receiver.
The fair was actually for Division II and Division III coaches who don’t have that big recruiting budget.
“It’s really a good idea,” said Woody, who will soon become Carson’s athletics director. “I was set up where I could show film immediately.”
All Woody had to do was turn on the highlights of Pressley’s performance in a 27-21 loss to Robinson last fall.
Six catches for 241 yards and a touchdown.
Alderson-Broaddus, a Division II school, liked what it saw and offered the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder.
One visit to the West Virginia campus, which overlooks the beautiful Tygart River, and Pressley knew where he wanted to continue his career. He’ll make the six-hour drive to play for the Battlers of Dennis Creehan, who have started a program for the first time since 1930. Last season A-B played a jayvee schedule, going 9-2 with a majority of freshmen. It will play for real next season and Pressley hopes to be a big part of it.
“They have a new stadium with turf and the home side is a double-decker,” Pressley said. “The campus is close together. It’s not a big population. I like that. I love the coaches. They have Nike and that’s a big thing.”
With a grin, he added, “They throw the ball a lot, too.”
The passing game is where Pressley will stand out, according to Woody.
“K.J. has really good hands and he knows how to run routes,” Woody said. “He has the ability to get open.”
Pressley got open enough to become the greatest receiver in Carson history. The Cougars were only 4-8 in 2012 but he finished with 51 catches for 1,061 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“I’ll play the same position, pretty much like I did here,” Pressley said.
Pressley had to wait his turn to star as Cody Clanton dominated that spot. But Woody and his staff knew what the future held for the lanky Pressley from the beginning.
“My first year, I was told I could play in college,” Pressley said.
As a senior, Pressley put together two of the greatest back-to-back receiving games in Rowan County history. In a loss to Hickory Ridge, he had nine receptions for 181 yards. The following week was his “wow game” against Robinson.
“It would’ve felt better if we had won those games,” Pressley said. “But I just wanted to get the job done and not let my team down.”
Randolph Macon, a Division III school, was recruiting Pressley the hardest. But Alderson-Broaddus’ interest changed everything.
The Battlers will be a member of the WVIAC and he’ll get to visit his home state twice next season. A-B goes to Chowan on Sept. 14 and to Lenior-Rhyne on Nov. 9.
“They will have a lot of people up there,” Pressley said. “Hopefully, I can work my way in and get to start two or three times.”
With all of his success, Pressley doesn’t lack for confidence.
“I don’t doubt myself,” he smiled. “I just go out there and get it done.”
Woody is certainly happy this signing is done.
“I was pleased he waited around and looked at his options,” Woody said. “It is the right fit for him. K.J. knew immediately. He’s really excited.”