One Track Mind

Donovan Warren (6-0, 175, 4.58) has been a starting cornerback for Long Beach Poly the past two seasons, but he had to sit back and wait his turn for a shot at wide receiver.

" I'll get a shot at wide receiver this year," Warren said, when asked if he'll get some looks on offense this season. "That was always my main position, but we had so many great guys playing there, and there wasn't a spot for me."

Warren's cover skills were honed covering the likes of DeSean Jackson (Cal), Travon Patterson (USC), Terrance Austin (UCLA) and Derek Jones (Oregon). At the same time, he learned a lot from them about what it takes to excel at wide receiver.

The 2006 season will be the first in a long time where Poly doesn't return any experienced wide outs. However, that doesn't mean there isn't any talent returning.

With the states top 400-meter runner in Bryshon Nellum (6-0, 174, 4.5), Donovan Warren, Travionte Session (6-4, 195) and Joey Redding (6-3, 190), the future is still bright at Poly. The coming out party for the three lesser known Poly prospects will be at the May 7 Scout.com All-American Combine in Los Angeles. They'll attend a camp at Stanford the following weekend.

Warren and defensive end, Kenny Rowe, are the high profile prospects from Poly, and Warren's received offers from some the top schools in country. " I have offers from USC, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, Ole Miss, Cal and Michigan just offered," Warren said. "I talked to Coach Willingham from up at Washington and I'm supposed to get an offer from them real soon."

Notre Dame is another school showing great interest.

"They (Notre Dame) contacted me about coming to my school for a visit," Warren said. "Coach (Brian) Polian text messaged me and said they were coming down some time in May."

Although Poly is considered a talent pipeline for USC, the Trojans aren't taking Warren's recruitment for granted.

"My main contact at SC is Coach (Ken) Norton," Warren said. "Coach Norton is real cool dude. Since I've been busy with track, I haven't talked to them a lot, but I did talk to them last Friday. I talked to Coach Carroll, Coach (Pat) Ruel and Coach T-Mac (Todd McNair), the running backs coach. I really like Coach T-Mac a lot. USC is supposed to visit this week."

Warren is primarily known as a football player, but his focus this off-season has been on track, and he's had some solid finishes.

"We just had a meet at Mt. SAC and I ran the 4x200, the 400, 200 and 100," Warren said. "Our next meet is Thursday at Poly and I'll run the 400, the 200 and the 100. In the 400 I ran a 49.0, in the 200 I ran a 21.8 and I've only run the 100 once, and clocked a 10.8.

Warren said he doesn't have any plans to attend any camps over the summer, but if he does, it will be a camp at USC.


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