Huskies Get Last Crack At Four-Star Tailback

One of the top running backs in the country, Rockwall, Texas' Chris Warren, will be on Montlake this weekend for his official visit to Washington. Where do things stand for the four-star tailback and what factors could swing things in the Huskies' direction? Read on to find out...

Scouting Report: Warren is big, measuring in at 6'2" and weighing 220 pounds, and he's been super-productive for the past couple of season. As a senior this past fall, Warren racked up over 2,300 yards and 34 touchdowns this past season while leading his team to a 12-1 record against some of the top teams in the Lone Star State's top classification (6A). His father, former Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Wa rren, had elite speed and while the younger Warren isn't quite in that category, he's definitely got enough speed to outrun most defenders.

Where Warren Fits: The Huskies already have the best tailback prospect in the state committed to them -- O'Dea's Myles Gaskin -- so they aren't hurting for talent at the position, but other than fourth-year junior Dwayne Washington, the Huskies don't have a tailback with Warren's skill set. Washington, while he's big and fast, isn't a natural running back. He's still getting a feel for when and where the hole will develop. He doesn't have that skill that most running backs, who have been carrying the ball since they were in Pee Wees and Pop Warner, develop over years and years of repetition. Warren does have that skill to go along with great vision and he explodes through the hole. Warren would get carries right away next fall and he'd eventually be a nice one-two punch with Gaskin who is a tough, inside runner that will grind defenses down with his unrelenting style.

Where Things Stand: As was head into the weekend, things appear to be heading south for Washington as far as Warren is concerned. With QB Kyler Murray headed to Texas A&M (he announced on Twitter last night that he has re-affirmed his commitment to the Aggies) that definitely hurts Texas' chances with the top-ranked runner in the country, Plano (Tx.) West's Sotonye Jamabo. Many felt that Murray and Jamabo were a package deal to Texas, but if Murray opted to re-commit to A&M, then Jamabo was likely heading west to play for UCLA. Jamabo has a day-long visit with UCLA coming up tomorrow and that could mean that the Longhorns turn their full focus toward Warren who is bigger and more ready to play right away.

The Good News: Washington gets 48 hours to show Warren a good time and they have one of their top 2015 in-class recruiters in Bellevue (Wa.) OL Henry Roberts who has formed more than a passive relationship with Warren on campus this weekend for his official visit as well. The two spent some time together during week leading up to the Army All-American Game. Another thing playing into Washington's favor is the fact that his mother hails from the Seattle area and there are plenty of family members to make Warren feel at home. Lastly, Warren has formed a very solid relationship with Husky running backs coach Keith Bhonapha.

Decision Time: This one is really too tough to call right now. Things sure look good for Texas -- they have the advantage of being very close to where Warren lives and he's been a huge fan of the program since he was in elementary school. The Longhorns also have a coach (Charlie Strong) that is much like Chris Petersen -- a no-nonsense, developer of young men -- but Washington still gets the last visit and with Warren's family ties in and around the Emerald City, things may be much closer than some think. This still looks like a long uphill battle for the Dawgs, but with Washington's close rate on prospects who have taken official visits, no one should take Petersen and the Huskies lightly. Warren will make his decision public on Signing Day (next Wednesday, February 4th) and until that time, a lot of conjecture and rumors will fly around on social media and on websites. Can Washington steal this gem from deep in the heart of Texas? We'll know soon enough.

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