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, though Warren was practicing with the Panthers as recently as last week.
“I talked to him, but I didn’t ask him his address,” Lowe joked. “He was with us last Friday, but he’s not here anymore.”
Warren told Knox News via Twitter direct message that he will play for The Woodlands High School in the Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston. The team went 8-3 in 2021 and lost 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 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.
A sophomore, Warren holds 11 offers from Division I programs, including Texas A&M, Tennessee, Michigan and Georgia. Lowe said that though Warren will be hard to replace on the offensive line, the team was prepared for the possibility of his departure.
“Anytime you’re losing someone his size, there’s a massive hole to fill,” Lowe said. “But we’ve been rotating guys just in case this happened and we’re excited about our offensive line. There’s some really good players up there and we think they’re going to be able to hold their own.”
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