Elite Corner Warren Visits UCLA Practice

Five-star cornerback Donovan Warren out of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, took in a UCLA practice on Monday, and the Bruins remain in the hunt for the top cover-man in the West.

For Long Beach (Calif.) Poly cornerback Donovan Warren (6-1, 176), a five-star prospect by Scout.com, it's a seven school race for his services, with the possibility of it becoming an eight school race should one specific school offer.

"Everyone is pretty much in it," said Warren. "USC, I wouldn't say they're the heavy favorite but I like them a lot. A lot of people are saying I'm a lock for them, but I'm really looking at every school."

The Trojans have long been at the top of Warren's list but Ohio State, UCLA, California, Oregon, Michigan and Arizona State are each trying to do their part to stay in it for him. And at the same time, if Notre Dame offers, Warren said they will join the party.

"I'm still waiting for an offer from them," said Warren. "I should be getting one from, but they are just waiting on my last transcripts to come in."

Still, there is no immediate rush, since Warren isn't planning to commit until Signing Day, if all goes according to how he envisions it.

"I'm going to wait until Signing Day but if something pops up, I'm going to commit," said Warren. "If I'm selected to the U.S. Army Game, and I know it by then, I'll announce it there."

Warren said he has yet to set up any official visits, but wants to take all five of them, focusing on the out-of-state schools.

"I want to visit the schools that are far away, like Ohio State and Michigan. I'll visit Cal and ASU and Oregon too," said Warren. "I'll take an unofficial trip to USC and to UCLA. And if Notre Dame offers me, I want to try and take a trip there."

He's already taking advantage of their proximity to his home, attending practices at both USC and UCLA. Warren attended USC's practice on Sunday.

"USC had a full scrimmage and they were in full gear," said Warren. "I was looking at the defense, and they're real fast and athletic. There are a lot of athletes and if I go there, I'm competing with the best in the nation. I talked to Coach (Rocky) Seto and Coach (Pete) Carroll and they basically said the same thing: when am I ready to be a Trojan."

Warren was at UCLA on Monday.

"I hit up UCLA's practice and it was real good," said Warren. "I talked to Coach (DeWayne) Walker and Coach (Karl) Dorrell and sat in meetings. They're trying to change their program. I've been talking to Coach Walker and he said I could come in and play right away, play as a freshman. I really like Coach Walker, he is a cool dude."

For Warren, playing as a true freshman is something he's hoping to do wherever he goes.

"I definitely want to get on the field early and play," said Warren. "But I know I have to keep working hard to do that."

Long Beach Poly opens up with Santa Margarita but it's a Week Four game that Warren is looking forward to. That game, against San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa, will pit Warren, the No. 1 ranked cornerback in the West against receiver Markques Simas, the top rated receiver in the West.

"I'm going to play hard against who ever we are going against. Simas is a good receiver we played against him last year. I'm just going to go out there and do what I do," said Warren.

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