Trip Report: Branden Warner

Washington had four defensive tackles in to visit this weekend, but none are as physically gifted or as highly sought-after as Compton DT Branden Warner. The huge and athletic defensive lineman is currently committed to UCLA, but with his trip to Seattle this weekend and to Tennessee next weekend it's safe to say the Huskies have a legit shot at pullling in this JC standout...

"I didn't commit to (Washington), but I definitely thought about it," Warner admitted to as he was walking through the airport. "I had a lot of fun up there and they definitely opened my eyes. Washington is definitely in my top three."

Who else is in that top three? Warner said that's an easy answer...

"UCLA, U-Dub and Tennessee are my top three," Warner said. "Washington State was up there, but they are off my list now."

Warner said he plans a visit to Knoxville this coming weekend and his parents will get an in-home visit from Husky defensive coordinator Nick Holt as well as defensive line coach Johnny Nansen in Georgia.

"They are going out there to meet with them and talk to them about the program and about me and how they want to use me," Warner said. "I want my parents to see their energy and how they plan to use me."

On his visit Warner said the highlight was the tunnel and the coaches' intensity.

"Man it was nuts," Warner said with a laugh. "I mean, I thought they wanted me to hit somebody and I was all ready to do that, but it was just like we were going out for gameday which was really cool.

"The stadium is amazing and the plans they have for things are great. I was really excited."

Warner's host was Daniel Teo-Nesheim who showed the big man around.

"He was real cool and he knows how to get after the QB," Warner said. "Just meeting the guys and hanging with them, I really felt comfortable there."

Warner is a huge man, measuring in at 6-5, 295 pounds while posting a sub 4.8 forty time and benching over 370 pounds.

As an end/tackle hybrid, Warner managed to post 42 tackles, seven sacks and at least 13 quarterback hurries in 2008.

Warner also mentioned he will be able to enroll in spring and will have two years to play two wherever he ends up and he plans to make his final decision next week following his visit to Tennessee.

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