Late Offers Leave Michael Warren Exploring Options

Late offers from Cincinnati and Minnesota are leaving Toledo fans worried as current commit, Michael Warren explores his options just weeks before National Signing Day.

Michael Warren is a hometown superstar in the Glass City. A dominant force at Central Catholic High School, Warren went on to win the 2016 Mr. Ohio Football Award as well as racking up several other accolades. After committing to Toledo on September 12, Toledo fans were pleased with the decision. Now, PJ Fleck and the Minnesota Golden Gophers are putting pressure on the Toledo commit after offering Warren on Friday prior to an official visit to Cincinnati.

As we speak, Warren is visiting Cincinnati and new head coach, Luke Fickell as the Bearcats are also expressing extreme interest in the Toledo native. Next week, Minnesota will receive an official visit from Warren as he looks into all three schools prior to signing on National Signing Day.

This seems all too familiar to Toledo fans as a reoccurring horror prior to National Signing Day each and every season. Dating back to the 2014 class, former Ithaca (Michigan) quarterback, Travis Smith would decommit just three days before National Signing Day, ultimately signing with Wake Forest and former Bowling Green head coach, Dave Clawson before transferring just weeks in to the season. In the class of 2015, safety Jessie Bates would decommit from Toledo to also sign with Wake Forest just a day prior to National Signing Day.

Now, Toledo fans are keeping their fingers crossed in regards to Michael Warren, who would likely see immediate playing time in Toledo. PJ Fleck and Luke Fickell are now in the hunt for Warren, who will have a decision to make prior to putting his name on that dotted line.

As of right now, expect Warren to stay with the Rockets. I don't expect Cincinnati to be a serious threat. Instead, expect this final decision to be between Minnesota and Toledo. The reason is that PJ Fleck and Warren had a decent relationship prior to his commitment to Toledo. Such a relationship in fact, that Warren was planning an official visit to Western Michigan in late September before deciding against it. Now, the same head coach at a bigger program in the Big Ten will give Warren the opportunity to play in the same conference that his teammate and dear friend, James Hudson will play in with the Michigan Wolverines. Minnesota or Toledo, who will it be? We'll have the latest.

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