Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.) High School tight end Jacob Warren checked out another ACC school Tuesday and got a chance to visit with an old friend — Wake Forest offensive lineman Nathan Gilliam.
“I was senior when he was freshman (at Farragut),” Warren said. “I hung out with him and he showed me around. Went to class. I really liked it.
“He said Wake was the perfect fit for him, and the right choice. He’s not trying to push it on me, but he said Wake Forest would be a good choice.”
Warren got to see the school and some of the new facilities — the new indoor practice facility and a video showing the upcoming additions.
“I got to see the indoor and also see the plans for the new buildings going up,” Warren said. “That’s a nice indoor.”
The 6-foot-6, 217 pound tight end has received more than two dozen offers so far.
“I’m a good pass catcher, but I can also block well at the tight end position,” Warren said about his skill set. “I do both well.”
He plans to visit Vanderbilt later in March, and is set for a trip to Oregon in early April. Warren has offers from Mississippi, Tennessee (where his father played), Auburn and many others.
“I’m looking for somewhere that’s the best fit personality wise — somewhere I feel comfortable,” Warren said. “The second thing is the way I bond with teammates, and the desire to go to a place where the players don’t get into trouble. The coaches you work with and who the program hires.
“I’m looking for somewhere that will put me in position to take advantage of the matchup nightmares I present. They can use me to catch passes or to advance the running game.”
As the offers pile up and the visits mount, Warren and his family are spiraling toward an endgame.
“Me and my family have talked about it, and if I know where I want to go by the beginning of the season then that’s probably when I will make a decision,” Warren said. “I think by that time I should be pretty solid. We’re thinking mid-season at the latest.”