Warner Says He's Good to Go

The coveted defensive tackle from Compton College, Branden Warner, who is verbally committed to UCLA but has had some road blocks on his way to Westwood, now says all of the issues have been resolved...

For Compton (Calif.) College defensive tackle Branden Warner, the long and stressful road to Westwood finally appears to have some clarity.

"Last week and this week, I got everything straightened out and I'll be signing with UCLA next week," said Warner. "It wasn't stressful as much as frustrating. I didn't like that it took so long, but I'm happy it's over."

Warner wasn't able to sign in February with UCLA, after giving a fall commitment, because of complications with Compton College and his tuition bill. But now that it's been resolved, Warner is ready to move on to the next chapter.

"When I went on my visit, I got on real cool with a lot of guys so they were always asking me what's going on. And then I didn't hear from them as much so I wondered if they weren't expecting me to come and play," said Warner. "I went up and watched a lot of the practices during the spring, though, and everyone was just saying they're hoping I can come in. I talked to Brian Price a lot and he was saying I need to get in there."

With the resolution, Warner said he's expecting to enroll in June with the other incoming recruits.

"I'm going to go up there next week and talk with Coach (Todd) Howard and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and we'll figure all that out, but I'm planning to be there on June 23rd," said Warner. "The coaches are all excited about me coming in. I was talking with Brian Price's dad and he was saying, ‘Hang in there,' and he's excited to watch me there."

Warner said he's been in frequent contact with several of the UCLA players in the last few weeks, too. "I talk to Datone Jones all the time. We worked out together, before he went up to UCLA. And I talk with Damien Holmes, Akeem Ayers, Rahim Moore and Aaron Hester," said Warner.

Warner will have two years to play his two seasons, and he's already circling one game on the schedule.

"We play San Diego State first, but I'm really looking forward to the Tennessee game," said the Georgia native. "I have a lot of people who are going to be at that game and I went to a D-II school just down the road from Tennessee. That game will be big and a lot of people are excited for me. I'm excited about the SC game, too, but that's like an SC game to me."

Warner has a couple of teammates from Compton who are heading to the Pac-10 to play on offense. "I told Reggie Dunn (Oregon State) and Markish Jones (Cal) they better catch stuff outside and deep because they don't want to come across the middle on a screen because I'll be waiting for them," joked Warner.


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