NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Denver Warren wasn't just one of the best freshmen defensive lineman at the Under Armour All-America Camp near Chicago on Sunday. The Aurora Christian defensive tackle was one of the better defensive linemen – period.
In a loaded defensive line group that included multiple top-300 Class of 2018 prospects – Devin O'Rourke, Michael Thompson and Trevor Trout – and several other FBS recruits, Warren found a way to shine.
“I don't really think about it as age or grade-wise,” Warren said. “I just go out there and do what I got to do. Because I know it's just another human in front of me. Both people got skills, so it's just about who's better at what they're doing.”
Warren has a large frame, developed more than most freshmen. But what really stands out is his advanced technique and handwork – despite playing just four high school football games so far.
“I broke my leg the fourth game,” Warren said. “After that it was all good. I worked hard to get better. Now, I'm back. I'm fully good. I got screws in my leg, but I'm fully good.”
As a sophomore, Warren could be one of the state's best defensive linemen. And he may line up elsewhere too.
“My coach has been talking a little bit about tight end this year,” Warren said. “I don't know how that's going to go. Probably just goal-line stuff. I play a little bit of d-end too.”
Warren already is receiving recruiting interest from Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Ball State.
“They're showing me a lot of love, just reaching out and stuff,” Warren said. “I've been to Central and Western Michigan. I still got to get to Ball State.”
Expect power-five programs to start inquiring soon. Warren has his sights set high.
“I would love to hear from Alabama,” Warren said. “Alabama and Oregon, those are like my dream colleges. I've been wanting to go there since I was a kid.”
Most would consider the freshman still a "kid," but Warren certainly doesn't play like one.