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Class of 2024 The Woodlands 4-Star QB Mabrey Mettauer had a breakout sophomore year winning District MVP, throwing for 2,500 yards and 25 TD's also rushing for 444 yards and 15 TD's. Mettauer now has 24 offers and counting from some big Power 5 programs and interest from many more.
One of those programs, Wisconsin, got Mettauer to campus this past weekend on an unofficial visit to watch the Badgers host Washington State.
I got the chance to catch-up with Mabrey about his visit, relationship with the staff, the game and more!
Mettauer had mentioned he was going up to Madison to check out the Badgers postgame in his Thursday Night win against district foe Oak Ridge.
This was the 6'6 gunslinger's first trip to visit Wisconsin and experience the game atmosphere there. I asked Mettauer about his initial thoughts on the visit and he said "the town of Madison was beautiful" also mentioning that the game day atmosphere was "absolutely amazing".
Mettauer talked about that game atmosphere at Wisconsin and what made it amazing to him saying "I really loved the striped stadium with the red and the white, and the student section was going crazy" he said with a laugh. Mabrey also talked about how much love the fans showed saying "from when we stepped on campus I had fans and students coming up to me knowing who I was which was pretty special".
This was also Mabrey's first time meeting the Staff for the Badgers and he really liked the family environment they gave off. He mentioned that OC/QB Coach Bobby Engram and the Recruiting staff talked with him a lot and he really enjoyed getting to know them. The thing that stuck out to Mettauer the most was Coach Chryst coming to talk with Mabrey pregame, saying that "It meant a lot to my Dad and I to have Coach Chryst come out of his way to talk with me" . The Woodlands QB also talked about how he liked how down to earth Chryst is and his winning mentality, "Coach Chryst and the staff really made it feel like I could help build that winning program they're striving for and that is something I really liked about them".
Lastly, I talked to Mabrey about all the twitter love the fans were showing after his visit and he said "it's always great getting love from the fans, and Badger fans especially were showing me love".
Mettauer has no other Unofficials scheduled so far but is ready for big district game against 3-0 New Caney this week. Mabrey has been impressive in his past two games going 34/47 for 616 yards and 6 TD's also rushing 63 yards for 2 TD's as well. Expect a big year for Mettauer and The Highlanders who look to make deep run in the playoffs.
Highlander's Donovan Rock, Mackenzie Kulick, and Ximena Chico sign to play at the college level on National Signing Day.
On Wednesday, February 3, at 2 PM in the Highlander gymnasium, The Woodlands High School held their annual celebration of National Signing Day. The Highlanders had a large class of 42 signees to schools across the country.
The athletes each took the podium for a short speech in front of a limited crowd of family members and coaches. Each student was allowed to invite five loved ones to celebrate, with the addition of the event being live-streamed for those who could not be present.
The Woodlands track and field program was the most well represented with a total of eight signees, six from the girls and two from the boy's team: Kennedy Doakes (Kansas), Kaitlin Laner (St. Mary's College of California), Hannah Jane Miller (Rhodes College), Katie Schlather (Air Force Academy), Sohalia Schoen (Louisiana-Monroe), Ashley Sharer (Texas Tech), Caden Cymbala (Texas Tech) and Ryan Tresaugue (Trinity University).
Following in signees is the swimming and diving program. With a total of six signees, they had one diver, four swimmers, and one triathlon athlete: Lauren Burch (diving, Stanford), Isabella Barrientos (swimming, Washington-St. Louis), Cotton Fields (swimming, SMU), Tyler Hulet (swimming, Texas A&M), Alyssa Sorensen (swimming, BYU) and Freya McKinley (triathlon, Denver).
The Highlander baseball team also represented with a total of five signees: Cody Howard (Baylor), Justin Barry-Smith (South Alabama), Will Chauffe (Pepperdine), Cameron Hainebach (Southwestern) and Dylan Kerbow (Texas State).
The football program had four signees: Jack Calhoun (Kilgore), Arian Cervoni (McPherson), Connor Dechiro (Washington-St. Louis) and Blake Hubert (Southern Virginia). In addition, Teddy Knox (Mississipi University) couldn't make the event due to surgery.
Girls soccer had three signees, all of which are signed at the Division I level: Samone Knight (West Virginia), Isabella Hollenbach (Missouri) and Marley Krach (Miami-Ohio)
The Highlander lacrosse program had four signees, three boys and one girl: Andrew Litsey (Rollins College), Matthew Nunes (Virginia), Donovan Rock (Air Force Academy) and MacKenzie Kulick (Linfield University).
The softball program had three signees: Kayla Falterman (Louisiana-Lafayette), Jordan Jones (Vernon College) and Haley Mountain (UT-Arlington).
The golf program had three signees: Avery Blake (TCU), Holly Paterson (Blinn) and Alejandro Alonso (Loyola Marymount).
Volleyball had two signees: Claire Arend (High Point University) and Natalie Kimmel (Incarnate Word). In addition, early graduates Clara Brower (Georgia University), Natasha Zorbas (Lafayette College), and Jackie Lee (Texas State) who are already playing at the college level.
Other signees included Mallory Kent (acrobatics, Oregon), Ximena Chico (rowing, Virginia), Lachlan Laner (tennis, Austin Peay) and Liam Kozak (water polo, Penn State).
Mutual university signees include Ximena Chico and Matthew Nunes at the University of Virginia; Donovan Rock and Katie Schlather at the United States Air Force Academy; Conner Dechiro and Isabella Barrientos at the University of Washington at St. Louis; and Dylan Kerbow and Jackie Lee at Texas State University.
Photo by Marysa Barela.
Mallory Kent signed to The University of Oregon for acrobatics.