At the recent Army All-American game, Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Donovan Warren showed the nation what West Coast fans have known for the last three years. That is the talented athlete is one of the best true cover corners the state has produced in some time.
Warren, 6-0, 175 pounds has been the state's top cover corner the past two years and is rated among the top five corners in the nation. He had a dominant showing all week in San Antonio and his stock jumped nationally as a result.
On the recruiting front, Warren took his final official visit this past weekend to UCLA. He earlier visited Arizona, Cal, Michigan and USC.
"I had a great visit, UCLA showed me a lot," Warren said. "Rodney Van was my host and it was great hanging out with him all weekend. He played at Poly and I've known him for a long time. He loves it at UCLA and said they are building something special there.
"I've been to UCLA before but I really had a chance to see a lot more of the campus this time. It's a beautiful place and I love the area as well. They have a great group of guys at UCLA, no one acts like they're too good for anyone, its just one big family there."
Warren has always maintained that the biggest selling point the Bruins have is his relationship with defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker.
"I love Coach Walker," Warren said. "He's a great coach but just as good a person. He's the kind of coach anyone would love to play for. He knows his stuff and he has those guys believing in him. No matter what happens, I'll always have nothing but love for Coach Walker."
USC has long been the favorite for Warren and with his trips now complete, it doesn't appear that has changed.
"USC is on top but I'm still trying to stay open to everyone," Warren said. "Coach Carroll and Coach Norton came over last night for a home visit and Coach Tedford and Coach Littlejohn are coming tonight. Next week, Coach English from Michigan and Coach Dorrrell and Coach Walker will be coming by.
"With USC, what can you say about them, they're on top and they have a great thing going. There is such a positive energy about the place and I really like all those coaches a lot.
"My plan is to announce on Fox Sports February 1. I'm just going to take the next couple of weeks to mull over my decision and then I'll announce it during the High School show that Thursday."