Early Commitments: Schneider & Mahon

Early Commitments: Schneider & Mahon

Early Commitments:

Schneider & Mahon Choose Where They Want to Play in College

by Steve Gamel

The 2018-19 school year hadn’t even got underway yet, and Guyer’s stellar athletics program was already busy celebrating two early college commitments.

Junior outside hitter Hailey Schneider, a standout on the Lady Wildcats’ volleyball team, verbally committed to Arkansas on July 22. Seven days later, defensive tackle Grant Mahon, also a junior, had committed to Oklahoma State. Both commitments were announced on Twitter and later reported by the Denton Record-Chronicle. Schneider’s and Mahon’s commitments are non-binding. The earliest they’d be able to sign a national letter of intent is during the fall of their senior seasons.

“After all that was over, I could tell Arkansas is where I was meant to be,” Schneider told the Denton Record-Chronicle’s Brady Keane shortly after her commitment. “All of that happened for a reason. Getting the offer was so exciting and I didn’t even have to think twice about going anywhere else. It’s been surreal, and I’ve been so excited.” Mahon agreed. “Oklahoma State has always been my dream school,” Mahon also told the DRC. “I love coach [Mike] Gundy and the culture there, so that made it feel right when it was my first offer. I gave it a little time because I wanted to take a couple visits and be sure about everything. But I was up there [Saturday] hanging out and looking around, and I felt at peace there.”

Mahon, a 6-3, 250-pound run stuffer for the Wildcat defense, was previously at Liberty Christian before transferring to Guyer prior to last season. He finished his first year in Class 6A with 43.5 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks at defensive end. He was named District 6-6A defensive newcomer of the year. Meanwhile, Schneider quickly turned heads on the college scene after a stellar sophomore season in which she helped lead Guyer back to the playoffs after a one-year absence.

A versatile athlete who can play practically anywhere on the court, Schneider is expected to settle in as an outside hitter for Guyer before rolling back to a defensive specialist when she gets to Arkansas. Her ability to adapt will be critical for the Lady Wildcats, who lost Kate Cowan (LSU), Angel Felan (Texas A&M-Corpus), and Mallory Pittman (Texas State) to graduation.

“She’s going to come in and get a lot of playing time right away,” Guyer volleyball coach Heather Van Noy told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “As a sophomore, she kind of filled some spots that we needed and we relied on her to do a little bit of everything. This year, she will definitely have a more integral role.”

CONGRATULATIONS to both Grant and Hailey for their commitments and good luck this season.


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