Notre Dame after Oregon de-commit

One of the nation’s top defensive backs is back on the market. Now former Ducks commitment Troy Warner will give the Irish another look.

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills defensive back Troy Warner is back on Notre Dame’s radar after the four-star de-committed from Oregon on Monday.

“Coach (Todd) Lyght contacted me on Twitter the day after I de-committed,” Warner said. “He told me to give him a call so that we could talk about my future. I’ve been pretty busy with my season and practice but I’ll give him a call either (Tuesday) or (Wednesday).”

Before committing to the Ducks in April, Notre Dame was one of the four-star’s top options, along with BYU, Stanford and UCLA. Warner’s interest in the Irish has resurfaced. 

“The tradition is very unique, and on top of that Notre Dame has a great education,” Warner said. “And right now education is something that is really important to me.”

Warner’s older brother, Fred Warner, is a linebacker at BYU, and the Cougars will be a key player in the recruitment of the 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete. 

“I’ve also heard from USC, Utah, Tennessee, TCU, and BYU,” Warner said. “I was hearing from BYU all along though, even when I was committed to Oregon they never stopped talking to me.”

As Warner gears up for his senior season, he’ll have to soon consider where to take his official visits.

“I haven’t narrowed down yet which schools are going to get official visits,” Warner said. “I’m going to sit down with my family in a week or so and talk about it.”

With plans to graduate in December and enroll early in college, a decision during the season is likely.

“I am probably going to commit in November, so I might only take four of my official visits,” Warner said. “I’m not sure yet.”

Warner wants the opportunity to compete early at the next level, although that’s not his only criteria.

“Comfort level at the school, education, my relationship with the players and the coaches, and if I can make an instant impact,” Warner said. “I had a lot of doubts on my mind before, and this is such a big decision that I want to make 100 percent sure that I’m doing the right thing.”


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