Iowa Commit Chasing Another Title

Lakewood St. Edward finished the regular season undefeated, and are one of the favorites to win the state championship in Division-I in Ohio. Iowa commit Solomon Warfield is their senior leader, and the three-star safety spoke about his season.

Lakewood St. Edward is looking to win their second title in the past three seasons in Ohio's top division, and they won their first playoff game last weekend.

Senior safety Solomon Warfield (6-foot-1, 185-pounds) is one of their team leaders, and the Iowa commit is having a great season after missing time in the off-season due to a shoulder injury.

"Our season has gone great and we have exceeded expectations," Warfield added. "From a personal standpoint, I wish I would get tested more, but teams are staying away from me. I knew our team would be good this year, even though people were saying we needed to rebuild and might be down this year. I knew they were wrong."

"Even though we lost a lot of great players, the seniors have had the right mindset all year to get the job done," he added. "I've had to take on more of a leadership role this year, and I've tried to teach the younger guys how we do things here, just like the older guys taught me. That's how we do things at St. Edward."

The three-star safety is very comfortable in the leadership role, and Warfield takes his responsibilities seriously.

"We won the state title when I was a sophomore and we were good again last year, but I knew this year's team needed more from me than just my play on the field," he explained. "I love to win, and I'm comfortable in a leadership role, so it comes naturally to me. I spoke to our younger guys about how important it is for us to be focused on a weekly basis, because this can end at any time when you're in the playoffs. The guys have responded well this year, and I'm proud of our younger guys."

Warfield committed to Iowa prior to his senior season, and he discussed why the Hawkeyes were the right fit for him.

"We play nearly every Saturday, and I haven't been back to Iowa since spring break," he said. "I'm planning to get there as soon as our season ends, and I'm looking forward to getting back there again. I'm 100% committed to Iowa, and I'm excited to be a Hawkeye. I love the coaching staff at Iowa, and I don't think people realize how great it is there. My entire family loved it, and it feels like home to me."

"A lot of schools are still trying to recruit me, but Iowa is the place for me," Warfield added. "I didn't make my commitment lightly, and my father and I visited a lot of schools before I made my choice. I'm a player that loves to play physical football, and I'm very aggressive hitting people in the open field and going for the football. I think I'm a big-play guy, that can cover receivers and drop into the box to stop the running game."

St. Edward will play Mentor this Saturday in second round playoff action. Warfield and his teammates will need to win the next four games to become state champions once again.

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