The wakeup calls always came at 6 a.m.
Get out of bed. Stand in formation. No TV.
Trey Metoyer’s last four months have been a methodical introduction to college life.
His study habits have improved. He’s become more responsible, more disciplined, more structured.
“It was hard, but it got me where I needed to be,” he said.
Last Saturday, the Whitehouse graduate completed a four-month stay at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. And on Thursday, the five-star receiver was academically cleared by the NCAA to attend the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship.
“I’m more prepared than I would’ve been had I come straight out of high school,” said Metoyer, a 2011 WHS graduate who signed with OU last February, but failed to meet academic requirements and attended Hargrave while fulfilling them. “I’m more mature and ready to get everything done.”
Metoyer, the nation’s second-ranked receiver in the 2010-11 signing class by Rivals.com, has to pass a physical before joining the OU football team. The Sooners begin spring practice March 5.
“He said it was something he wouldn’t want to do again, but if he had to, he would,” said Metoyer’s dad, David Metoyer. “He thanks Hargrave for the opportunity. …He had to do everything on his own. There was no one holding his hand.”
Metoyer, who finished his prep career second on the state’s all-time receptions list, has been in Tyler this week and plans to leave for Norman, Okla. immediately. The 6-2, 198-pounder played four games last fall for Hargrave, whose alumni include longtime NBA coach Larry Brown, U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, and NBA players Josh Howard and David West, among others.
“I just think it’s been a longtime coming,” said Mr. Metoyer, referring to the NCAA Clearinghouse’s decision. “I just think the skies are the limit. I think that more than anything in the world, God has a plan for Trey.”
Metoyer, who has been compared to Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant ever since emerging onto the national recruiting scene, finished his high school career with 259 receptions for 3,814 yards and 52 touchdowns. The U.S. Army and PARADE Magazine All-American caught 108 passes for 1,540 yards and 23 scores as a senior.
Unable to qualify academically out of high school, Metoyer took two courses at Tyler Junior College last summer. A fallback plan was never in place for Metoyer to participate in junior college football, Mr. Metoyer said.
Should Metoyer contribute next season for the Sooners, he would join a receiving corps that includes Jaz Reynolds and Kenny Stills, plus would be a target of Heisman contender Landry Jones, the school’s all-time leading passer.
OU is expected to contend for the Big 12 title next season after entering this past fall ranked No. 1 in the nation, but finishing 10-3 and No. 16 in the final AP poll.
“It’s really exciting,” Metoyer said about going to OU. “This is what I’ve been working for.”