WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE ABOUT WARINNER? First off, this is the type of kid Michigan State has won big with under head coach Mark Dantonio. Edward Warinner is tough as nails, has quick feet and plays with the aggressive nature Dantonio loves. Being the son of a Division-I coach (MInnesota assistant Ed Warinner), as well as playing for a great high school program has taught this kid how to play the game the right way. He is one of the more intelligent players you will see, and he loves to make plays and hit people. Michigan State has built their program around this type of player under Dantonio, so the fit is perfect for both player and coach. I would expect to see Warinner playing special teams early in his career and making a name for himself, and eventually challenging for a spot in the defensive rotation.
WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS? This is not a 6-foot-4, 245-pound, player out there running a 4.5 forty. Warinner is not the biggest linebacker, or the fastest linebacker, but he makes up for that by being two steps ahead mentally and by being a nasty player on the field. He should top out at 230-pounds, at 6-foot-1, and that's plenty big enough with everything else he has going for him. There are no character or academic concerns at all, and Warinner checks off all the boxes in terms of what you want in the classroom, weight room, on the field and in the community.
WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? You love players that have been raised around college football all their lives, as Warinner has been. This kid is a coach's dream, and I would predict that Edward Warinner is going to be a captain at Michigan State one day. He will arrive at Michigan State with a chip on his shoulder from not being ranked high enough, not getting the offers others have received, and generally feeling under-appreciated by fans and the media. When he hits the field it won't be to make friends, and he is going to hit anything that moves. There is so much to like about this kid, and Spartan fans are going to love watching him for four years.
WHO DOES HE COMPARE TO? I saw both early in their high school careers, and Warinner reminds me a lot of current Spartan Chris Frye.