Tight end Brandon Warren of Alcoa, Tennessee seems to be a sure bet for the national top 100 this year. Ohio State is among the teams to have anted up with an early scholarship offer.
"Yes, sir, I already have been offered," Warren said. "(Recruiting Coordinator John) Peterson is who is recruiting me...I got interested in Ohio State just from looking at what they sent me in the mail. It just kind of popped up."
OSU is just one of several schools on the who's who list of programs to offer Warren. In a recent update with OUInsider.com, Warren listed the Buckeyes among the schools at the top of his list.
"I really don't have anything narrowed down at this point," he said. "I want to take all my visits and see what all the schools have to offer. I am looking at Tennessee, Miami, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Florida State and Auburn, and there are a couple more. Like I said, right now I am trying to stay pretty wide open."
Warren reiterated the fact that he was open when we talked.
"I am going to take my visits," he said. "I want to see where I fit in best and where I am most comfortable."
A big (6-4, 235), versatile athlete, Warren is projected as a tight end but could also play on defense in college. He does not seem to be 100 percent locked in to playing tight end.
"I want to play tight end but who knows -- that could change by the time I am ready to make my decision," he said.
A program that is known for utilizing athletic tight ends to the best of their ability is Miami (Fla.). Not surprisingly, the Hurricanes have offered and they are on Warren's list of favorites. He will be checking out the campus in Coral Gables soon.
"My only unofficial will be to Miami, but don't read too much into that," he said. "A former teammate is down there. They are interested so I can go down there and take a look."
Warren, who says he styles his game after the high motor and hard work of ex-Georgia Bulldog lineman David Pollack, has schools from all over the United States interested in him and he says that distance from home will play a role in his decision.
"It will be important to have my family there. I think they will get to games no matter what, but distance is going to be in there somewhat, but it won't be a determining factor," Warren said.
Warren also discussed his academic plans.
"I think I am going to major in sports medicine but that could change," he said. "I am taking my test in June."
Warren's team posted a 14-1 record and won the state championship in 2004.
"We only lost 2 seniors so we can make another run," he said.