Laying it Down

Scout.com five-star cornerback Donovan Warren (6-1, 176, 4.4) from Polytechnic High School in Long Beach (Calif.) said he favors USC slightly over Ohio State, California, Oregon, UCLA, Michigan and Arizona State. He said all have offered as well as 10 other programs.

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"I have about seven schools that I am looking into, but I'll lay it down for you—I'm focusing a lot on USC right now," he said.

"It would be most comfortable to stay close to home, but it wouldn't be a problem going farther. USC is only 15 minutes away! They are a winning team because they won or almost won the last three or four national championships. I have chemistry with the team because the players are down-to-earth.

"And the academics at USC could give me a good degree for whatever happens after football," Warren said. "Even though USC looks great to me and they are recruiting me the hardest, I need to venture out of my backyard before jumping into a commitment.

"I plan to visit Ohio State in late July or early August. I like Ohio State a lot because they send cornerbacks to the NFL and they have winning tradition.

"The Cal Bears' head coach, (Jeff) Tedford, is a down-to-earth guy. He's personable. California is also closer to home, and I can see myself playing early there.

"I have a friend up at Oregon, Derrick Jones (wide receiver). He went to my high school. He's a little bit older than me, but we are good friends. Oregon also has an up-and-coming program," Warren said.

"UCLA has a lot of seniors graduating from my position, so I have the chance to come in and learn their defensive system. Plus, UCLA has a great academics.

"I plan to visit Michigan on the same trip as Ohio State later this summer. They send their defensive backs to the NFL. After watching them on TV, I know they have a big program—that Big Blue tradition," he said.

"Arizona State has a great offensive package. As a cornerback, I think I could contribute to turn up the defense to the same level as their offense. I could probably play early, too.

"I don't have a certain time I want to commit. I'll just make my decision when it comes to me."

Warren reports a 3.1 core GPA and an 880 SAT score which he retook in April.

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