Rex Maurer, Top Recruit In Class of 2023, Announces Transfer to Texas

by Robert Gibbs 51

June 11th, 2024 College, News, Transfers

After a little over a month in the transfer portal, Rex Maurer, who we ranked as the top recruit in the high school boys class of 2023, officially announced that he will transfer from Stanford to Texas.

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Excited to announce that I will be continuing my college career at the University of Texas. I’d like to thank Bob and Erik for giving me this amazing opportunity. I’d also like to thank Eddie, Wyatt, and the team for welcoming me to Austin.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who made my time at Stanford a great experience.

Hook’Em

Maurer took the last quarter of the school year off from Stanford, and has been training at Texas under new head coach Bob Bowman (and representing Longhorn Aquatics in long course competition), so, it seemed like only a matter of time before Maurer announced his transfer to Austin.

On the other hand, his brother Luke just announced yesterday that he’s transferring from Stanford to USC for a fifth year. The Maurer brothers’ mother, Lea Maurer, is the head coach there, so Trojan fans might have been holding out a small ray of hope that Rex would join the family in Southern Cal.

Both Maurer parents are famous Stanford alums. Lea, (née Lea E. Loveless) earned a bronze medal in 100 back and a gold medal as part of the USA’s 4×100 medley relay team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Her husband, Eric Maurer, racked up collegiate accolades at Stanford, including multiple All-American finishes and a 50 free title in 1992.

Rex had some mixed results during his one season on the Farm, depending on how you want to measure success. He hit lifetime bests in each of his three primary events, finished 3rd in all three individual events at the final Pac-12 Championships, and earned All-American status as part of Stanford’s 7th-place 200 medley relay at NCAAs. However, two of those lifetime bests came at midseason, and he didn’t make finals in any individual event at NCAAs.

PB before Stanford PB at Stanford
500 free 4:12.33 4:11.88
400 IM 3:41.94 3:38.10
200 back 1:42.30 1:39.75

He’ll presumably be looking for a little more consistency — and NCAA scoring — at Texas, where his primary event lineup melds nicely with both Texas tradition and Bowman’s swimmer historic successes.

Maurer is the second highly ranked recruit from that class to make the move to Texas after one year at a Bay Area school, as former Cal swimmer Aaron Shackell announced his Texas transfer earlier last month.

Shackell is primarily a mid-distance freestyler, while recent Texas transfers Hubert Kos (coming with Bowman from ASU) and Ben Sampson (CMU) both swim the 400 IM and 200 back as primary events.

Texas is coming off its worst NCAA finish in over a decade (7th), but the Longhorns are reloading quickly under the new coaching staff, especially in the 400 IM and mid-distance freestyle. Besides the aforementioned transfers, freestyler Coby Carrozza recently announced he’ll be staying for a fifth year, and David Johnston, who’s been an NCAA A-finalist multiple times in the 400 IM and 500 free, will presumably return to Austin after taking an Olympic redshirt this past year.

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SwimFan
1 month ago

Sorry if this has already been established, but is Hobson returning for his senior season?

Chlorinated One
1 month ago

Rex improved nicely through mid-season at Stanford and then had a tough road back after breaking his wrist. Here’s wishing him the best at Texas….hope he finds happiness there.

Bevo
1 month ago

I think Rex was there before Bob and training with Eddie and Wyatt.

Andrew
1 month ago

Rex Maurer looks disturbingly like MA in the cover photo

Swimmerswammerswummer
Reply to  Andrew
1 month ago

I thought the exact same thing

Andrew
1 month ago

We know Texas can develop mid D freers/IMers and 200 stroke guys but the real question is can they develop a blue chip sprint free guy?

There’s no shortage of talent coming in, but developing 50/100 exclusive guys has been underwhelming the past 5 years. Krueger and Kibler were the last blue chip sprint guys and Krueger regressed after an outstanding freshman year and Kibler would’ve been successful anywhere it seemed

I miss the ISL (go dawgs)
Reply to  Andrew
1 month ago

Andrew what are your overall opinions on the Texas program? I never feel like I see you dunking on them like you do Cal, NCS, Stanford, etc.

Admin
Reply to  I miss the ISL (go dawgs)
1 month ago

HMMMM I wonder why 🤔

Admin
Reply to  Andrew
1 month ago

Not sure if you heard, but Texas has a new coaching staff this year…

Andrew
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Bowman isn’t known for sprinters (herbie coached all of them) and they still haven’t hired a sprint coach yet so I’m not optimistic about sprinters dropping

And no, I don’t like Texas. I actually despise Bowman and not a fan of Carol either. I don’t slander Fl, IU (other than Ray), UGA, VT, etc but that doesn’t mean I’m a fan of those programs.

It’s just too easy to slander Cal, NCS, UVA men, etc so I’ll stick with what I’m good at

Shaddy419
Reply to  Andrew
1 month ago

Rare Andrew W for sticking to his convictions

Riccardo
Reply to  Andrew
1 month ago

Also despise Bowman. He wouldn’t have survived a scandal like the 2011 texts today.

I’m of the opinion that the only reason he did then was because of Phelps.

John
Reply to  Riccardo
1 month ago

That thing with the texts was totally overblown

CosPac
Reply to  Andrew
1 month ago

This is what you r good at!

Admin
Reply to  CosPac
1 month ago

Some people go their whole lives without figuring out what they’re good at.

MarkB
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 month ago

Navin R. Johnson found his!!

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  MarkB
12 days ago

Now I know where this comes from!

MarkB
Reply to  Andrew
1 month ago

So, by saying you slander Cal, NCS, UVA men, Ray L., etc., you’re admitting that you’re lying about them to “cause harm to their reputation” (definition of slander).

PS Slander is a crime and admission of guilt goes a long way.

PPS Slander is a spoken crime. You mean libel, which is a written crime.

Noah
Reply to  MarkB
1 month ago

Bro’s threatening legal charges over a swimswam commenter

Tennessee
1 month ago

This training group will be absolutely disgusting when all is said and done. Post-Olympic Texas practice and pancakes incoming?

Reply to  Tennessee
1 month ago

I’ll start my diet now in preparation

Long Strokes
1 month ago

Luke Maurer- enjoying the last year of his career with his mom at USC and still has a chance to get faster.
Rex Maurer- still has plenty of time left, looking to grow a lot more at Texas.

Perfect choices for both!

This Guy
Reply to  Long Strokes
1 month ago

Yep, can’t fault either of these choices. Luke gets a Stanford undergrad degree and gets another year of swimming and grad school.

Rex gets to train in what will probably be the best training group in the world

Admin
Reply to  Long Strokes
1 month ago

Agree. Both choices make sense.

I miss the ISL (go dawgs)
1 month ago

Dan Schemmel absolute masterclass🔥🔥🔥

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