Alcoa has won state championships the last seven years in the state of Tennessee. Some of the reasons why include current and former Wildcats alike, including Kyrus Lanxter, Randall Cobb and Tyler Robinson. Wildcat signee Darrell Warren is also among that list of Alcoa champions who are now a part of the Wildcat family.
"Playing along side them and doing the things they did, that makes me feel like I can do the same things they do," said Warren. "There's a good reason why they are successful and I feel like I could be as successful as they are," he continued.
The 6-foot, 215-pound athlete played defensive end this year as well as running back. He was named 2A Defensive Lineman of the Year in Tennessee after his performance. Now Warren will prepare to transition to the other side of the ball.
"I talked the coaches on Saturday. I'll be playing on offense. I will be playing a little H-back and a little bit of fullback. I'm excited about that," he said.
Warren was also excited about the opportunity he has to go to Kentucky after being committed to Tennessee-Chattanooga for a while.
"I was extremely happy. I was shocked more than anything. I was writing a paper and coach Rankin called me out and said UK was considering giving me an offer," he said. "I didn't believe it because I hadn't heard from them in a long while. That blew my mind," he continued.
Darrell formed a great relationship with the coaching staff at Kentucky and enjoyed his visits up to Lexington.
"The coaching made me feel very comfortable. If there was something we needed, we had it," Warren said. "I like Lexington. It's a great place to be and I would feel comfortable live there," he continued.
When Warren gets to Lexington, he hopes he's ready to compete immediately because of the extra work he's doing now.
"I'm working out like crazy. I'm working on my speed. That's the main thing," he said. "Getting better is going to come, but my speed is something I'm cracking down on since I'm playing on offense," he continued. "I don't want to be behind on anything and I'll be ready to go when I get there," he finished.
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