The race for five star cornerback Donovan Warren hit high gear last week when coaches from each of his four finalists made pit stops in Long Beach to get face time with the talented prospect. That came on the heels of Warren’s final official visit to UCLA a few weeks ago, a trip that went very well according to his dad.
“He liked it,” Mr. Warren said. “He really likes the coach up there, DeWayne Walker. He’s the position coach and defensive coordinator. All the visits are done now. He’s just pretty much figuring out where he wants to go now. All the schools he has narrowed it down to are pretty much good schools.”
As the lone out-state school on Warren’s list, Michigan faces the difficult task of overcoming the distance factor. When Warren last spoke to GoBlueWolverine at the Army All American Bowl in San Antonio, he made it clear that his mother would prefer that he stayed a little closer to home. Does dad feel the same way?
“Not at all,” said Mr. Warren. “When I went to college I went away and it made me grow up a little bit. I think distance is good sometimes. I’m sure Lloyd Carr will say the same thing when he comes out here on Thursday. It’s big time football at Michigan. It’s a great program, great school.”
According to Mr. Warren, because all four schools have the traits his son is looking for in a program, they each have a legitimate chance to come away with his son’s commitment.
“He wanted to be in a winning program, he wanted to go to a school that had great academics and prestige, and he wanted to go to a school that he would have a chance to win a national championship with,” said Mr. Warren regarding his son’s decision criteria. “All of the schools have a lot going for them.”
“At USC there’s great tradition, great head coach, and they win.”
“At UCLA they have a great defensive coordinator, and the program is coming up.”
“At Michigan they have great tradition, a great defensive coordinator, and I like Ron English’s coaching style.”
“At Cal (Todd) Littlejohn is a good DB coach. He has gotten some of his kids to the NFL, and I like Tedford offensively. I think he is a real good coach.”
With all of the schools having so much in common, Mr. Warren knows his son has a tough decision ahead of him, but it is one that will be made fairly soon.
“Donovan said February 1st he’s going to figure it out,” said Mr. Warren. “He is about to figure out where he really wants to go.”
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Warren in the coming days.