In-home visits setting the stage for JUCO DT

DEFENSIVE TACKLE BRANDEN WARNER out of Compton College in Southern California is back home in Georgia for the holidays -- and while he's there with family, he says a decision could be made. Indeed, the next seven days will see him receive in-home visits from a pair of Pac-10 schools, including one from Washington State.

Both Washington State and UCLA are planning in-home visits in Georgia, on Jan. 5, with defensive tackle prospect Branden Warner.

"Coach (Rick) Neuheisel is coming to my house on the 5th...Washington State said they were going to try and come down the same date as UCLA is going to come down. If everything goes the way it's supposed to go, I might just end up (verbally committing) then with my family here," said Warner.

Warner originally verballed to UCLA in early November. A couple weeks later, he officially visited Washington State and following that trip, said WSU and UCLA were equal.

Things have shifted back, however, with the Bruins pulling ahead as the calendar turns to January.

"Washington State is right behind UCLA, I'd say. I'm right now giving UCLA (the lead). I'm trying to figure out the best play for me to play, and both of them-- it's going to be about where I'm the most comfortable at and where I feel I'm going to succeed the most," said Warner.

Also playing a factor, Warner said, is that he's become comfortable living in the Southern California area the past two years while at Compton -- so much so that the departure of UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker to become the head man at New Mexico State has not given him much pause.

"It does (matter) but not really, I think I'm still going to stick it out with them," said Warner.

While Warner said Walker was going to come out for the Jan. 5 in-home, and was the main assistant recruiting him from UCLA, Bruins d-line coach Todd Howard has also been closely involved in his recruitment and will travel out to Georgia with Neuheisel.

Soon after the in-homes, Walker said he will head back to Compton, with an official visit a few days later.

"I take my official visit that weekend, when I first get back, to UCLA," said Warner.

Other interest continues to come in from schools like Illinois and Florida, said Warner. He has 2-to-play-2 at the next level after he earns his AA degree later this year.

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