A Shutdown Turnaround

St. Edward (Ohio) defensive back Solomon Warfield knew he was a good cornerback with solid ball and coverage skills, but he just didn't have the offer list to match that. That's changed since January, as Warfield is up to seven offers and multiple BCS schools, like Wisconsin, are showing interest.

MADISON - Heading to the Proving Ground Combine at the Semper Fidelis Bowl, St. Edward (Ohio) defensive back Solomon Warfield had no offers and a chip on his shoulder, being a solid player who simply wasn't getting recognized as much as other players.

Those couple days in Phoenix in late January certainly cured that mindset.

In an impressive performance where Warfield wasted no movement in and out of his breaks, showing the ability to lock down receivers in different types of coverage, schools responded by wasting no time in offering him.

"It changed real quick," Warfield told Badger Nation. "Arizona was the first BCS school to offer, and it just kept coming after that. It's been real crazy. It's been sweet."

Since arriving back in Lakewood, Ohio, Warfield (6-foot, 175 pounds) has picked up offers from Arizona, Ball State, Bowling Green, Iowa, Kent State, Toledo and West Virginia. It was a combination of attending some junior days and sending out his highlight tape, but Warfield puts a lot of stock in what he was able to accomplish out in the desert and in his junior year.

"In the games, I did what I had to do," said Warfield, who could play safety or cornerback. "I think I did a really good job because my sophomore year, I saw what our upperclassmen were doing to get recruited, and I knew what I had to do if I wanted to get to the next level."

Of his offers, Warfield understandably has the three BCS offers out in front.

"I really liked it out in Arizona and distance isn't a problem for me," said Warfield. "Iowa coming from the Big Ten is impressive because I like the conference. The Big Ten is closer to home, and I grew up watching Ohio State. West Virginia excites me. I like them a lot. I like their campus and now that they are moving to the Big 12, they will play some better competition."

As excited as he is about those offers, Warfield knows that more opportunities could be on the horizon, as Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Purdue, Syracuse and Wisconsin have all recently shown interest. The Badgers and new tight ends coach Eddie Faulkner especially have been talking to Warfield more as of late, which excites the defensive back.

"It means a lot because I really, really like Wisconsin," said Warfield. "I like the way they play. I like their tradition. I really like their defense. That's basically what I want to go to college to play football for. I just love what they did this past year and what they have been doing."

Warfield would like to visit Wisconsin before the season or possibly during the season, seeing as he doesn't plan on making a college choice until after his senior season. Over spring break, Warfield plans on visiting Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and West Virginia and do some camps over the summer.

He's got seven offers and likely more along the way, but his attitude hasn't changed.

"I still have a chip on my shoulder," Warfield said. "I think I can do a lot better and get more offers."

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