UCLA Pursues Cornerback

After getting a commitment from one of the two best cornerback propects in the west, UCLA is going hard after the other, 5-11 and 185-pound Donovan Warren from Long Beach Poly. Warren tells us about his current school preferences...

UCLA got a commitment this week from one of the top two cornerbacks in the state when Fresno (Calif.) Edison corner Courtney Viney pledged to UCLA.

The staff is hoping to add someone opposite Viney, and they've set their sights on Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Donovan Warren (5-11 ½, 185).

Warren recently received a scholarship offer from the Bruin staff and though Warren has a leader across town, the Bruins are making up ground.

"I'm pretty wide open. USC is a little ahead because that was the school I watched growing up, but they're not engraved on the top," said Warren. "I'm not going to hurry, I'm going to take my time and focus on track right now."

Last week Warren picked up his sixth offer, this one from Arizona, while the Bruins were offer number five.. Previously, Warren had offers from USC, Mississippi, Oregon and Mississippi State. He's also receiving interest from Texas, Arizona State and California.

Warren attended UCLA's Junior Day earlier this month and was able to meet new defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker. Warren said of the experience: "It was real good. I really got to sit down and talk with Coach Walker. I like him a lot. He told me that they're moving a lot of corners and I have a great chance to get some early playing time. He coached in the NFL and has that NFL experience and he said I would gain that knowledge and take it to the next level. That really opened my eyes to UCLA," said Warren.

Early next month, Warren will attend USC's Junior Day.

Four of his teammates signed with either UCLA or USC last month. "All of them are putting their opinion in. Travon (Patterson) and Alfred (Rowe) are like ‘SC, SC, SC' and Terrence (Austin) is like ‘UCLA, UCLA.' Really, anywhere I go in the Pac-10, there is a Poly guy there," said Warren.

Warren is a gifted track athlete, running the 400m and 4x400. "We were just in New York for a meet and this weekend we'll be in San Clemente (last weekend). I'm really focusing on track right now," he said.

He is uncertain if he would be attending any camps or combines, but did say he would possibly be going to the Scout.com Combine, where several of his Poly teammates will be.

Warren will take the SAT on April 1st.

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