DALLAS – Whitehouse High School receiver Trey Metoyer watches YouTube videos of running backs, looking for the next shifty move that might get him to the end zone.
When he sits down to watch football on TV with his dad, casual viewing usually morphs into a film session. It wasn't by accident that Metoyer ended up as one of the top pass-catching recruits in the country.
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about football," said Metoyer, who has made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma. "If I'm not watching it, I'm looking at a book."
When Metoyer was younger, his dad, David Metoyer, couldn't even get in the front door after work without throwing some passes to the budding receiver. Father taught son how to use his hands by throwing the ball hard enough that it hurt to catch the ball with his chest.
"He always said even as a little kid he wanted to play pro football and he wanted to play college ball and he wanted to be a receiver," David Metoyer said.
Trey Metoyer actually played some quarterback last year at Whitehouse, but that was because a young quarterback was struggling during a tough season for the team. That quarterback, Hunter Taylor, returns with experience and in Metoyer has a receiver with more than 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career.
"We practiced a lot of 7-on-7 during the summer and that's when we kind of worked on our timing," Metoyer said. "And now we're clicking and we love it."
Whitehouse coach Randy McFarlin was a run-always coach — "We used to throw it twice on Thursdays," he joked — before switching to the spread about six years ago. It's hard for him to imagine going back to the run while Metoyer is on the field.
"This kid is special," McFarlin said.