RECRUITING: Tennessee TE likes six early

Alcoa, Tenn. tight end Brandon Warren talks about his game, favorites and interest in Oklahoma.

Brandon Warren, TE, 6'3, 235, 4.6, ALCOA, TENNESSEE:

Tight end/Fullback types are once again becoming hot commodities in college football because in today's game they can be used in so many different ways. Teams are also getting back to I-formation game in college making the fullback a plus position.

That is good news for Brandon Warren, who goes into his senior season as one of the top three tight end/fullback types in the country. Warren is a four-year starter at defensive end and tight end, and has played outside linebacker, nose tackle, defensive tackle, fullback and wide receiver in high school.

"Most schools are recruiting me as a tight end, but some are recruiting me as a defensive end," said Warren. "I would rather play on the offensive side of the ball, but it really doesn't matter because I just want to play. I just want them to put me at the best position for them and let me learn and go play it."

Last season, Warren caught 50 passes for 950 yards and 15 touchdowns. On defense, he finished with 75 tackles (24 tackles for loss) and one interception. Warren caused five fumbles and the one fumble he recovered he picked up and ran 95-yards for a touchdown.

Warren can bench 285 pounds, squats 425 and is the leading scorer on the basketball team at 21 points per game.

"I am not getting recruited in basketball because I am too short," said Warren. "I play the post in high school and I am too short too play anywhere else in college. Actually, basketball is my first love, but I am going to have to give it up after this year."

Last summer, Warren attended the summer camp at Georgia Tech and he was the only junior there at the camp. Warren has visited practice at Tennessee, but he has been limited to just that one visit because of his involvement in basketball.

Warren has been offered by Tennessee, Oklahoma, Miami, LSU, Florida State, Auburn, Ohio State, but more come through every day.

"I really don't have anything narrowed down at this point," said Warren. "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."

So what are his thoughts on the Sooners?

"I love Oklahoma," said Warren. "I haven't had a chance to go out there, but I know they have a great program and they have a great coaching staff. I have followed college football and I know that they are a great program, but I need to visit them and learn more about them.

"I grew up a Florida State fan, but that doesn't necessarily give them an advantage. My family comes from Florida and I have always liked Florida teams. We are looking around and I don't have any problems leaving the South if I find a team that I like better and feel that is best for me."

Warren will take the ACT test in June.

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