Warren Nolen, the younger brother of Texas A&M freshman Walter Nolen, will not play for Powell High School in 2022.
Powell coach Matt Lowe told Knox News on Friday that Warren and the Nolen family recently moved to Texas, even though Warren was still practicing with the Panthers last week.
“I talked to him, but I didn’t ask for his address,” Lowe joked. “He was with us last Friday, but he’s gone.”
Warren told Knox News via Twitter that he will play for The Woodlands High School in the Woodlands, Texas suburb of Houston. The team went 8-3 in 2021, losing in the first round of the Class 6A Division I state tournament.
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Warren, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive lineman, played his freshman season with the Panthers after Walter was transferred to Powell for his senior year. Walter, a defensive lineman, was the No. 2 prospect in the nation for the class of 2022.
The brothers helped the Panthers to the first state championship in program history in 2021. Walter was a Class 5A Mr. Football finalist and was named the USA Today High School Sports Awards Defensive Football Player of the Year.
Warren, a sophomore, has 11 offers from Division I programs, including Texas A&M, Tennessee, Michigan, and Georgia. Lowe said that while Warren will be difficult to replace on the offensive line, the team was prepared for the possibility of his departure.
“Every time you lose someone his size, you have to fill a huge hole,” Lowe said. “But we’ve switched guys in case this happens and we’re excited about our attacking line. There are some really good players out there and we think they can hold their own.”
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