Warner Excited By UCLA Offer

Mar. 4 -- Three-star safety Troy Warner says that the recent UCLA offer puts the Bruins close to the top for him...

Three-star San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills defensive back Troy Warner has opened some eyes this spring with his play on the 7-on-7 circuit, and college coaches have taken notice of some of the publicity he's getting, with nine offers rolling in over the last couple of months. UCLA jumped in with an offer Tuesday as well, and according to Warner, it's a significant one.

"It's definitely a big deal," Warner said. "I have nine offers right now, but this puts UCLA way up there on my list."

Warner has built a relationship recently with both UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin and UCLA running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu.

"Basically Coach Meat, I had called him, and he told me before the offer how excited he was about me," Warner said. "Coach Polamalu is my area recruiter, and after I talked with Coach Meat, Coach Polamalu emailed me, told me to call him, and he extended me the offer right then."

Some schools are recruiting Warner at corner, but UCLA has told him they actually like him at safety.

"Coach Meat wants me to play free safety," Warner said. "Sophomore year, and for some 7-on events, I actually played free sfaety, so I have that experience to help me out along the way."

There's an obvious UCLA connection for Warner as well. His former teammate Dechaun Holiday signed with the Bruins in February and has been pushing Warner to UCLA since then.

"Dechaun tells me how it'll be a blast up there, and basically how cool the school is," Warner said. "Basically, he just tells me it'd be a really good time if I go there."

Warner is still in the early stages of recruiting, but he isn't opposed to the idea of making a decision before the start of his senior season.

"Hopefully I can make some visits this spring, depending on who ends up offering," Warner said. "I'd like to make my decision by the summer if possible, but we'll see how the visits go and which schools end up getting involved. I know I'm going to have some more 7-on-7 events I'll be going to, but not sure what else I'm doing this spring yet. Hopefully I can go see UCLA pretty soon. I've been before, but I'd like to go back up there again, maybe for spring practice."

In addition to the schools that have already offered him, Warner said that Washington, Arizona State, Duke, and Oregon have all been talking to him and each could offer sometime soon.

Warner says he's 6'2 and 180 pounds now, and reports a 3.3 GPA.

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