Nehemiah's Travels

Hutchinson (Kan.) CC safety and mid-term grad Nehemiah Warrick (6-2, 208) talks about his visit to Arkansas, who joins Tennessee and Michigan State in a battle to sign him on the junior college national signing date of Dec. 21.

Sometimes recruits so up and turn out to be a little shorter, a little thinner and not as fast as what their coaches pass them off to be.

But that was not the case with Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College safety Nehemiah Warrick when he came onto the University of Arkansas campus this weekend.

Warrick (6-2, 208), a mid-term grad who showed up in a dress coat, looked every bit the part of hard-hitting safety - just a bigger one than some had been led to believe.

"Yes, I've seen some people list me at like six feet all and not even 200 pounds," Warrick said. "But I am taller and thicker than that. I am a solid 6-2, 208 pounds and I think I can handle myself pretty well on and off the football field and I take pride in that."

Arkansas joins Michigan State, Kansas State and Tennessee among schools that have offered him a scholarship and are hoping to land him on the national junior college signing date of Dec. 21.

Warrick, a Florida native from Bradenton, already visited Arkansas and Michigan State officially, Kansas State unofficially and will be at Tennessee this weekend.

"After I get done with Tennessee, I will come back home and think about it some and do a lot of praying and know that God will lead me to the right place," Warrick said. "I will put it all in his hands to guide me."

The Razorbacks certainly hope that path leads back to Fayetteville and did their best to put forth a good impression this past weekend.

"I had a great time and really like the way the players have a great relationship with each other and the coaches," Warrick said. "It is just one big family and that really appeals to me."

"I also think Arkansas had a real great coaching staff and that's very important to me," Warrick continued. "I think they have a good team and program and just need to plug a few holes to be great next season."

Warrick, who was a wide receiver as a freshman for the Dragons, was named first-team All-Jayhawk Conference on Monday in his first year in the defensive backfield.

He was the team's second-leading tackler with 61 stops, 46 of which were solo. Warrick also broke up eight passes, intercepted two, forced a fumble and recovered another.

As if that was enough, he also returned 7 kickoffs for a 29.7 average with an 81 yard touchdown in there and also had three catches for 57 yards.

Although he moved all over the field at Hutchinson with a little corner, some linebacker and some safety, it is the safety spot where all of the schools are consider him playing.

"That's what are the schools are thinking and that's where I think I am best suited to play," Warrick said. "I've got three years to play two so I just want to go in there and make something happen right away."

Although he had great things to say about Arkansas, he made it clear he was trying his best to keep all things equal to the end.

"I'm just going to go check it out, talk with my family and then try to make the right decision," Warrick said. "I am holding off on committing or making statements about who is leading until I am done. It's a big decision and I want to go about it the right way."


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