Joseph Schooling, one of the top two recruits in the class of 2014 (we had him #1, but after what Caeleb Dressel has done since we did those rankings, it would take a long, hard look) has verbally committed to the University of Texas.
Schooling is from Singapore, but attends high school at the famed Bolles School program in Jacksonville, Florida.
Up until a few weeks ago, Schooling was the National High School Record holder in the 100 yard fly, and still remains as #2 (behind Dressel – they went the two fastest swims in history head-to-head mid-season).
Schooling’s yards bests, which don’t even begin to give the full picture of his abilities, are:
- 50 free – 20.61
- 100 free – 45.06
- 200 free – 1:38.19
- 500 free – 4:34.55
- 100 back – 49.03
- 100 breast – 57.09
- 100 fly – 46.20
- 200 fly – 1:45.00
- 200 IM – 1:45.21
That 200 IM is also one of the fastest high school swims ever, and mod-season was just two tenths away from Curtis Ogren’s National Independent High School Record (which is currently a 1:45.01). He may swim only the 100 fly individually and three relays at the Florida High School State Championship meet and three relay, which is what he did last year.
Schooling, who has said he feels that he can get to Michael Phelps’ World Record in the 100 fly, swam at the 2012 Olympics in both the 100 and 200 fly, and though he didn’t have his best swims at that meet, he would redeem himself later at the 2013 World Championships by qualifying for the semi-finals in the 200 fly – making him easily the youngest swimmer to do so.
In long course, he has been 52.33/1:56.27 in the 100 and 200 Flys. In the 200 IM in long course, he’s been 1:59.99. In the 200 free, he’s been 1:49.47, and by the time he’s done will likely be hailed as the greatest Singapore swimmer in history if he keeps on his current path.
This is really an interesting signing for Texas, who in their 2013 class picked up a ton of butterfliers already. That includes Clark Smith, who is the third-fastest high school butterflier ever; William Glass, who has been 47.5; and Jack Conger, who was 46.1 in high school, though he didn’t do it in a high school meet. Even Chris Scheaffer, with a 48.2, in last year’s class, could be an NCAA scorer.
There may have been bigger needs for Texas to use their scholarship money on, but Schooling is the kind of talent that can’t be passed up. This probably allows Conger to really focus on the backstroke races if that’s where head coach Eddie Reese wants him to, and Schooling is good enough to score huge points in the 200 IM and be a big free relay contributor as well.
Now all eyes turn to Caeleb Dressel, who counts Texas as one of his official visits as well.