Warner Should Emerge in Spring

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills linebacker Fred Warner has a pair of early offers on the table but look for the recruitment of the talented athlete to really hit up in the spring...

There are several players in the West Coast class of 2014 that fit in to that hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker category. Fred Warner is one such athlete and he's a name that you'll be hearing a lot about in the coming months.

We had a chance to see Mission Hills in action last season and came away very impressed with Warner. He played mostly defensive end and is a natural pass rusher but has linebacker size and will have to make the transition to playing in space in college. He definitely has the athleticism to make the move and has a very nice upside to him.

Warner is a blur coming off the edge and has great closing speed. He's a big hitter, does a nice job of getting off blocks and can play the run as well as he rushes the passer.

On the recruiting front, Warner has landed offers from New Mexico State and BYU and is hearing from several other programs as well.

"It was great to get both offers," Warner said. "New Mexico State was my first one and that was a big relief, it always feels good to have that first one under your belt. Then BYU came and that was huge because I'm LDS and have always followed the BYU program.

"I'm also hearing from Washington, San Jose State, Colorado State, Arizona, UCLA, New Mexico, Idaho and Boise State. I'm going to camp with UCLA, USC, Stanford, Cal and Arizona so I'll be pretty active this summer. I also plan to attend the NIKE Camp in Oakland in May.

"Right now, I'm still open to all the schools that are recruiting me. Like I said, I'm going to be pretty active on the camp circuit and I want to get myself out there. I like the schools that have offered me of course and there is a strong connection with BYU but I'm not ready to make a decision and I just want to see what other schools come after me. Hopefully I'll pick up a few more offers along the way here."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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