UCLA Battles for #4 Corner

UCLA has some big competition for the fourth-ranked corneback prospect in the nation, 6-1, 175-pound Donovan Warren from Long Beach Poly. Warren provides an update on his recruitment, the two official visits he's taken, the schools he intends to visit and his plans for this weekend...

The nation's fourth-ranked cornerback, Donovan Warren (6-1, 175) out of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, continues to keep track of each of the seven schools he has interest in.

Warren has taken a pair of official visits, has one more set up, two other schools he plans to visit officially and two schools he wants to visit unofficially.

"I visited Arizona the week before I went to Michigan," said Warren. "I went to Michigan on October 7th when they played Michigan State. They have a nice college atmosphere at Michigan. It was nice."

Next weekend (November 4), Warren will be visiting California when they host UCLA.

"I'm also going to visit Oregon and Ohio State," said Warren. "Those five are going to be my official trips. "I'm visiting USC and UCLA unofficially."

When Warren visits Oregon and Ohio State remains to be seen, same with when he plans to visit the two Los Angeles schools.

"I know I want to go to Ohio State during the season and see the atmosphere," said Warren. "I'm not sure if I'll go for the Ohio State-Michigan game because that is the same weekend that Cal plays USC at the Coliseum. But I'm trying to see when it works and set that up."

Warren emphatically denied having a leader or even a top three from his seven remaining. "I don't have a leader," said Warren. "There is not a leader at all."

Warren said he wasn't in a hurry to make his decision, and in fact, thinks a decision may not be made until the first Wednesday in February. "I think I'll wait until Signing Day," said Warren. "By then I'll know. I'm not in any rush and not trying to be in the spotlight. I'm trying to make the right decision for me."

Primarily a defensive back for the Jackrabbits, Warren has seen some carries in the offensive backfield this season and his versatility has allowed for colleges to envision him doing more playmaking in college.

"Everyone is liking me, saying I can play some at punt return and also kick returns, special teams basically," said Warren. "They think I can be a force there."

College coaches have been finding their way to Poly games this fall, keeping an eye on Warren. "Coach Charlie Williams from Arizona has come to watch and Coach DeWayne Walker from UCLA has come down," said Warren.

This past weekend, USC coach Pete Carroll made the trek to Veterans Stadium to see him. Warren has returned the favor to USC, attending a pair of their games earlier this year. This weekend, he will be at UCLA's home game with Washington State.

He kept close watch on the Bruins contest with Notre Dame over the weekend, and was impressed with what he saw. "Even though they lost, I still liked that defense," said Warren. "It was tough for them to go down like that. A couple more stops is all they needed. They played tough without a doubt. Seeing the progress the defense has made from last year to this year, you have to see the intensity picking up, guys moving around. I like that."


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