Last year the Irish staff made several stops at Long Beach Poly high school to recruit wide receiver Terrence Austin. They must have liked what they saw in the Jackrabbits defensive backfield because they're back to take a look at cornerback Donovan Warren (5-11, 185-pounds).
"As far as Notre Dame, I've gotten letters from them, but I haven't had any contact with their coaches," Warren replied when asked if he has had a chance to speak with the Notre Dame coaching staff. "My coaches told me that they have some film and that they're going to be coming here in May. They've been in touch with coach Lara and coach Polian has been down to the school.
"They've talked to coach [Reggie] Ward too. That's who they've really been talking to. He went to Notre Dame and he tells me about the tradition that they have. They have high expectations. He said it's a nice environment down there. The academics are some of the top in the country.
"I think they're going to be offering me pretty soon." Warren added.
If the Irish do come through with an offer they will be one of a number of schools that Warren will consider when he makes his college decision.
"I like Ohio State, USC (offer), UCLA (offer), Oregon (offer), Ole Miss (offer), Cal, Arizona (offer) and just recently Texas," Warren said when asked to name the schools besides Notre Dame that he was considering. "We sent Texas some film a while ago and just now they're starting to get in touch. I got the feeling the coaches really liked me and something [offer] should be coming real soon."
Like the Notre Dame offer, if the Texas offer arrives Warren's offer list will rival that of the top recruits in the country. As it stands the schools in his backyard are setting the recruiting pace.
"I've had a lot contact with USC. They text messaged me today actually," Warren said. "They've sent me a lot of hand written letters.
"UCLA sent me a package, and it had hand written letters from all the coaches in it. That makes me fell that they're really interested in me. They took time out to think about me, and each coach had something different to say. That caught my attention."
Recruiting is a long process and Warren is going to take his time and evaluate his options.
"By the start of my season, that's really when I want to know who my top schools are," Warren explained. "Until then I'm basically going to let things come to me and see what offers I have.
"My strategy is going to be, just to see how I connect with the coaches, and how they feel about me. Also I want to break down the depth charts. I want the chance to come in and compete for playing time as a freshman. I'll also look at the academics -- those are going to my determining factors. Distance isn't going to play a role in my decision."
While Warren isn't going to make a decision soon, he will work on improving his skills on the gridiron.
"I really don't think I'm going to go to any camps or combines," Warren responded when asked about his spring plans. "This year I'm going to focus on track for the first time. Before I had basketball, and I wasn't sure football was going to be the sport I was going to pursue. Now I'm really serious about football, so I'm just concentrating on being the best football player I can be. Track can help me do that, which is why I'm focusing on track this year."
As a junior, Warren had 51 tackles and one interception.