Top 20 Recruit Matthew Willenbring Verbals To Texas

The Texas men continue to build a stellar recruiting class before recruiting season officially opens, pulling their third top-20 recruit of the high school class of 2018 in #16 Matthew Willenbring.

Our high school boys recruit rankings drop tomorrow morning for those curious about the rest of the ranks. Our girls rankings came out this morning, and you can see them here.

Super excited to announce that I have verbally committed to swim at The University of Texas! Hook 'em ???

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Willenbring is part of a really deep class of great 200 freestylers, and is also one of the better IMers in this recruiting class. His early commitment to Texas follows a summer of 2016 in which the Longhorns put three men on the U.S. Olympic 4×200 free relay. Willenbring is also excellent through the relay-distance freestyles, which makes him an ideal NCAA prospect.

Willenbring’s Top Times

  • 200 IM – 1:47.00
  • 200 free – 1:35.26
  • 100 free – 43.71
  • 50 free – 20.25

Willenbring is really only just starting to put it together in the 200 IM, where he’s dropped 2.7 seconds in a little more than a year and 5.7 in the past two years. Here’s a look at his progression in that event:

  • February 2015: 1:52.76
  • December 2015: 1:50.03
  • February 2016: 1:49.73
  • December 2016: 1:47.00

He’s an in-state pickup for Texas, coming from the Austin Swim Club and Westlake High School in Austin, Texas.

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Correction: Matthew Willenbring is actually the #6 ranked recruit, not #16:


You’re talking about in the state of Texas, right


He went 1:46.28 200 IM this year too but got dq’d

Speed Racer

So he didn’t go 1:46.28. A DQ is a DQ just ask Matthew Josa at Cal.

Swimming Fan

Given his size, Matthew may have the greatest potential of anyone in the 2018 class.


I’ll bet 4 years from now we’ll be predicting an NCAA Championship for Matthew.

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