Confidence isn't an issue for Long Beach (Ca.) Poly cornerback Donovan Warren. His ability to standout in the Jackrabbits' powerhouse program has led many of the nation's top programs to step forth with early scholarship offers. If his description of his skills is even remotely accurate, it's easy to see why.
"I've got the cover skills of Deion (Sanders), but I like to come up and hit too…like Ty Law," Warren said. "I'm a bump and run kind of guy. I'm actually 6-1. I know (Scout.com) has me at 5-11."
Michigan has been among the schools to really step up the recruiting attention in Warren's direction lately. The four-star corner prospect has taken notice.
"They've probably been on me since March," Warren said Friday regarding the Wolverines. "That's when I really sat down and started to think about Michigan. A verbal offer took place a month ago, but Coach English came down to my school last Thursday (May 11th) and gave me an offer. I've spoken to him maybe twice. He is supposed to be at my track meet this weekend."
As one of the top prospects in the California, Warren is also a priority for the instate-schools, especially national power USC. Are the Trojans the early leaders for his services?
"I wouldn't say that," he said. "I'm real wide open. SC is beating everybody as far a recruiting me the hardest. They are sending me hand-written letters almost every other day. I'm getting text messages from them all of the time. But I'm wide open. I didn't really have a favorite team growing up. I just like to win. A lot of people think because I'm in California that they're locks, but that's not true at all."
The close proximity of some of the in-state programs has allowed Warren to become more familiar and comfortable with them. In the coming months he hopes to gain a better understanding of what some of the other schools on his list have to offer by making visits, including one to Ann Arbor.
"I've taken visits to junior days at my two L.A. schools," he said. "Other than that, I haven't taken any. I plan on taking a trip down to Michigan sometime in July. I'm looking at the cornerback situation at Michigan and it's very thin over there. I saw the depth chart and I see I can come in and compete right away, and that's all I'm looking for…. the opportunity."
"The factors in my decision are going to be my connection with the coaches, the atmosphere, and that I am going into a good situation where I can come in and compete for a chance to play early," continued Warren. "I just want to come in and compete for playing time right away. Also the academics…the graduation rate. I'm looking at my life at football because that's not going to always be there."
One issue that Warren insists will not factor into his choice is distance from home.
"I'm open to where ever," he said. "If I had to go out of the country to play football, and it was a good situation, I'd do it. (Laughing). Distance is not a factor for me. [My parents] really don't care. They just want me to make the best decision for me… one I can live with for the next four years of my life. If it's far away… they like flying on airplanes. (Laughing)."
"I'm going to try to hold out as long as I can before making a decision so I can really break everything down," said Warren. "I think I'll wait until after the season. I'm trying not to even think about making a decision anytime soon."