Holmes TE Walter Warfield Getting Early Looks

Few JC tight ends landed D1 scholarships last year, but it looks like that won't be the case in 2004. This year, like two years ago, a good number of programs will be mining the JC ranks for impact tight ends. One prospect who is garnering early attention is Holmes Community College tight end, Walter Warfield. Playing in a run oriented offense Warfield caught 10 balls for 72 yards last season. Here's our recent interview with Warfield.

Thanks for taking the time to talk with JCFootball.com. What are your vitals and do you have any notable weight room accomplishments? I'm 6-2,  237 pounds and run a 4.7 forty. My bench is 335 and I squat 455.

Give us a little bit of your football history. Where did you go to high school and do you remember your stats? I attended Vicksburg High School and graduated in 2002. I played only two seasons of football in 11th and 12th grades. My stats were 25 receptions for 359 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Were you recruited by any four-year schools out of HS? Did you have any scholarship offers? Alcorn State offered a scholarship. Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, and Louisiana Lafayette recruited me.

What led you to Holmes CC? My first year I was at Hinds Community College and I was redshirted. They didn't know whether I'd end up as a TE or WR. I thought I needed to be somewhere else, so I chose Holmes because they wanted me out of high school and used the tight end more than the other JCs that recruited me.

What were your stats last season? I had 10 receptions for 72 yards. 4th on the team in yards.

When will you have your AA degree? December for sure.

Are any four-year schools recruiting you right now? If yes, which ones? Louisville, Texas Tech, Florida, Troy State, and Samford. Also, Florida State, Nebraska, and Colorado have all sent questionaires last week. Pittsburgh too.

Which schools seem to be recruiting you the hardest? Do you have any official offers yet? Louisville. No offers yet.

Tight ends these days are often described as being either a "pass catching tight end" or a "blocking tight end." How would you describe yourself? Pass catching. I never drop a pass.

What separates you from the other tight ends you've seen in Mississippi? I also play receiver, I run really good routes, have really good hands, real good feet, and can make things happen after the catch with my elusiveness.

What are you biggest strengths right now? My hands and my route running

Areas your most focused on improving? Being a more aggressive blocker. I am OK now but I can get better.

Do you know what you'd like to study when you leave Holmes for a four-year college? Physical Education or Sports Administration.

How would your teammates describe you on and off of the football field? On the field I have no friends, but off the field I am one of coolest guys to be around.

When you're not playing football or in school, what are some of things you like to do? Play video games and workout.

Tell me about three or four other guys to watch for on next year's Holmes team. Wide receiver Eric Marshall, who was an all-region guy. Marshall, Memphis, Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Southern Miss are on him hard. Defensive end Jacob Ford is a transfer from the Memphis Tigers. He runs a 4.6 forty and was all-Conference USA as a freshman. Cornerback Corlando McChristian signed with North Alabama out of high school and he led our team in picks last season as a freshman. Defensive tackle Marquis Rodgers is real strong and has a motor that doesn't stop. Linebacker Demorris Hardiman is a real fast 'backer. He clocked a 4.48 one day and is also very strong. Defensive lineman Damien Green is hearing from Mississippi State, Marshall, and Arizona State.

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