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Scout.com five-star cornerback Donovan Warren (6-1, 176, 4.4), from Polytechnic High School in Long Beach (Calif.), said he no longer has a favorite.

Donovan Warren Profile

"My top seven schools are all equal right now," Warren said. "They are all pretty much the same. For awhile I favored USC. But at the beginning of the summer I made a decision to feel the same about them all. One day, one team would be in the lead…then another.

"So, my favorites are USC, Ohio State, Oregon, California, UCLA, Michigan and Arizona State. I've already set up an official trip to Michigan on October 6. There was no reason why I chose to visit them first. I just wanted to see them.

"I'm also going to take official trips to Oregon, Cal and Ohio State for sure. I'll visit Cal during the season and wait for after the season to visit Oregon and Ohio State.

"I like Michigan because of their tradition and I also like coach Ron English (defensive coordinator)," he said. "He's from Corona, Calif., I think and he went to high school out here. I like that he is real upfront and tells you how it us. He said the intensity is up there at Michigan and I like their defensive concept. Coach English seems like he could help me become a better player.

"The most important things to me are playing early, my relationship with the coaches and players, a school's graduation rate and academics and which teams will help me reach my maximum potential the most. It's real important to me to be able to play early. That's the most important factor. Then comes choosing a team that will help me get to the next level.

"As far as USC and UCLA goes, I couldn't choose between them right now if I had to," Warren said. "I would be totally blanked out on that. I'm real cool with coach (Ken) Norton (linebackers) from USC and DeWayne Walker (defensive coordinator) from UCLA. Norton is real up-tempo and personable. Walker is smart and cool. USC's campus is traditional and old. It's a monument there and they are changing things. Westwood is kinda nice. USC is all about talent and winning. UCLA is rebuilding and I think I could play earliest there, to be honest with you. But I'll have to compete wherever I go. I do feel some pressure to choose either USC or UCLA, the local schools, and I would say that more people on campus tell me they want me to go to USC.

"I would also say that USC and Ohio State are recruiting me the hardest. They text me and phone me all they can. I like Ohio State because they get their cornerbacks into the NFL and they are a winning program.

"Oregon is in the Pac-10 and I think they need help at corner," he said. "The Pac-10 would be a good conference to play in because they pass all the time. I like coaches (Don) Pellum (linebackers) and (Mike) Bellotti.

"I think Cal is losing a corner for sure.

"But right now I don't know enough about all the programs to know which one is best for me. That's why I have to take visits and meet coaches and players--so I can find out.

"I'm a tall, athletic corner. I can cover and I'm also physical and quick," Warren said. "The things I need to work on the most are reading QB drops and learning how to get a better feel about routes that receivers will run and getting the jump on them."

Partial senior season (3-1) stats: approx 20 tackles/1 interception; 5 rushing TDs and 1 receiving score.

Warren reports a 2.9 core GPA and an 880 SAT--"I'm already qualified but I'm going to retake the test again in November just to get a better score."

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