HS Football: The Woodlands High School Celebrates the Hard Work of its Players on National Signing Day

By: Jake Wilson
| Published 12/20/2023


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- The Highlander Football Program held a ceremony at The Woodlands High School to celebrate the achievements of several players as they complete their final steps towards joining Division One football next fall.

Among the signees named from The Woodlands High School were three equally talented offensive linemen, Everett Champlin, Ryan Hughes, and Koltin Sieracki. All three will attend Division One colleges with the hopes of having an impact on the success of their respective programs.

In an exclusive interview with The Woodlands Online, Highlander Head Coach Jim Rapp spoke on his feelings on seeing his guys come up through The Woodlands system to reach the next level of play.

“As a coach, you get what you get,” said Rapp. “Our kids come up through our program, and to have three come all the way through at the same time is pretty special.”

Two of the young men who took part in the ceremony will play for rivaling schools at the next level. Hughes’ commitment to TCU puts him opposite Koltin Sieracki, who will attend Baylor University.

However, the future Big-12 opponents took their opportunities to speak during the ceremony to praise each other. A common bond established throughout their careers has paid off by opening the door to future opportunities.

“Having three [offensive] linemen from the same class is something we’re all extremely proud of,” said Hughes before thanking those who helped him along the way. “Without [the coaches] and the hard work they do for us, none of this would be possible.”

As the former offensive line coach, Rapp understood the importance of highlighting the big men when their time came. His introductory speech illustrated the dedication shown by each lineman signing as noted by their varsity games played for the Highlanders.

Hughes and Champlin started their junior and senior years, totaling 26 games each with zero missed, while Sieracki’s sophomore to senior year only saw one missed game out of 37.

“When you talk about what happens in the trenches, they were that durable,” said Rapp. “I don’t think that I have ever had as an offensive line coach or a head coach a line that was that durable.”

On another incredible note, Champlin’s commitment to Army West Point came in July, but the gifted lineman’s impact will be felt beyond the field of play. The agreement to attend West Point to play football also comes with the knowledge that Champlin must serve at least five years in the U.S. Army, but it is a commitment that Rapp believes his player is up for.

“Everett being able to serve our country is pretty special,” said Rapp. “It’s not easy doing the military stuff while playing football, but I know he’ll be able to do it, and I’m excited.”

Joining Champlin at West Point will be stellar Highlander wide receiver Aden Self, who announced his commitment earlier in the month. Self was not present at the ceremony, but a familiar face on the offensive side will provide a welcoming presence for both players at the next level.

Also absent was future Wisconsin Badger Mabrey Mettauer. The four-star will take his talents to Madison for the 2024 football season, where the competition of the Big-10 conference awaits.

Congratulations to The Woodlands High School signing class of 2024 as they set their sights and talents to the next level.

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