LSU at the top of stud's list

LSU was the first school to extend a scholarship offer to Alcoa (Tenn.) phenom Brandon Warren and ever since then the Tigers have been one of his favorites.

Warren, a 6-4, 235-pound tight end/defensive end with 4.7 speed, is one of the top two-way players in the country. Most coaches are recruiting him as an athlete because he has the potential to be a dominant player on both sides of the ball at the college level.

As a junior, Warren produced some hefty stats on both sides of the ball and was a key player during Alcoa's run to the state championship. He registered 45 catches for more than 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns to go with his 70 tackles, 20 sacks and 25 tackles for a loss.

LSU recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach Josh Henson has been recruiting Warren since day one and he is a big reason the Tigers are a major player.

"I talk to him pretty often," Warren told Tiger Rag. "We probably talk about once a week. It's cool because we talk a lot about football but it's like we're friends. So we talk about a lot of stuff other than football."

Warren said Henson and LSU head coach Les Miles have both said they think he can do something that is rare at the college level and that is have a lineman play on both sides of the ball.

"They talk about me playing on both sides of the ball primarily at tight end and then as a third down rusher coming off the edge on defense," Warren said. "They say I'm one of the top tight ends on their board and that they like the way I do a lot of the little things away from the football. They also like the way I rush the passer."

Warren plans on taking an unofficial visit to LSU in late June or July. He has never been to Baton Rouge so why the heavy interest in the Tigers?

"LSU has always been a good program," he said. "They always win and they have great tradition. I followed them closely when they won the national championship and beat Oklahoma. It seems like they are always in the hunt for some kind of championship and who wouldn't want to win a championship, especially a national championship."

Miles and Henson have a lot of competition for Warren's signature because he claims 48 offers. The schools he frequently mentions along with the Tigers are Tennessee, Miami, Florida State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

Has he started narrowing things down yet?

"I'm really still looking at all of them," he said. "It's pretty amazing to be where I am because I always dreamed about playing major college football. All kids don't get this opportunity so I feel privileged. I'm trying to take a look at everyone and listen to what they have to say."

When Warren does start narrowing things down and deciding on which schools he will take official visits to is there a good chance LSU will make the cut?

"Since day one when I got that offer LSU has been at the top of my list," he said. "When I get offers I always if I can see myself at that school and I can really see myself at LSU. That is one of the schools I am almost certain I'll visit."

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