"Spring's going great right now," Rockwall running back Chris Warren said. "We've all been progressing really well as a team and getting one step closer to winning. We're still having little things, like bad Mondays, and we're making some mistakes. But [fixing] that is what spring is for."
From an individual standpoint, Warren said he's used the spring to "trust more in his teammates." Specifically, that means learning to trust his linemen more and going where the play calls for him to go. While Warren, who has one of the better size/speed combinations in the 2015 in-state class, succeeded last year by running mostly on instinct, his production could jump even further once he polishes up his game a little bit.
Warren was considered to be one of the top in-state prospects in 2015 before he went to the packed Dallas NFTC camp and showed the kind of measurables to cement that status. Measuring at 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds, Warren ran an outstanding 4.62 electronic 40-yard dash and a 4.40 shuttle, while jumping 36 inches.
Warren said he went into that camp feeling like he had something to prove.
"Normally, I don't like it when people say 'Oh, you're just doing this because of how big you are,'" Warren said. "Mostly, I've worked for what I've gotten, and I like showing that to people. Camps, you really get to show that it doesn't matter how big you are, or how old you are, it's how hard you work at it."
Now, Warren is working to try and show that he's a running back. Because of his size (and his outstanding defensive film), many are quick to label him as an athlete, or worse, a pure defensive prospect.
"I would really love to play running back at the next level," Warren said. "I've just been playing there as long as I've been playing football. So I'd really like to play there. Not a ton of people employ bigger backs because of the so-called 'mobility issue.'
"But that's what I've been brought up to play," Warren said. "I'm not saying I'm the shiftiest guy. But I can move like any smaller guy."
Those movement skills have helped Warren attract a monster offer list for a player still in his sophomore year of high school. Texas, Ohio State, Clemson, Baylor, Texas Tech, SMU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss have all stepped forward to offer, with Warren favoring Texas, Ohio State and Clemson early. Here's what he had to say about each school.
Clemson — "I don't know a whole lot about Clemson, except that they have one of the most explosive offenses. What they run is very similar to the offense we run now, so I wouldn't have to make any huge adjustments. They're really interesting to me."
Ohio State — "I've really liked the way they've been able to have successful seasons year-in and year-out. That really leaves me in awe. I think that's really good."
Texas — "I like the interaction that I had with the coaches when I went to the Sophomore Day. I like the job that Coach [Larry] Porter does in his film meetings. He's really impressive. I enjoyed the attitude that the team has. They're really excited, and that's needed. I love the facilities up there, and the city of Austin is just great."
Warren said that he isn't going to make any decisions until his senior year.
"I just want to make sure I know what I'm doing," Warren said. "I want to be able to say 'This is the school that I really cannot miss going to.'"
Warren plans to head to medical school after graduating college, and said that a school's science and medical programs would be high on his list of deciding factors. He said that his relationship with a school's coaches would be big as well.