Four-star cornerback Donovan Warren (6-0, 175, 4.4) from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly will be one of the many headliners tomorrow (July 14th) who will be participating at the NIKE 7-on-7 passing championship to be held at Veterans Stadium at Long Beach City College.
Warren is an extreme talent who has the rare distinction of contributing for Poly since his sophomore season.
No wonder Warren is one of the most sought after cornerback prospects in the nation. He has track guy speed with a football player's mentality.
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As a junior, Warren earned all-league, all-area, Student Sports junior All-American, all-state, all-CIF Division I and all-CIF all divisions as he racked 51 tackles in run support. The reason he didn't have any interceptions is the opposition played it smart and didn't throw to his man.
Warren went to the CIF finals in the 100-meter and the 4x100. He was part of a crew that won the 4x100 in the CIF meet but they ended up getting disqualified because of a fast start in the first leg.
Warren and his Poly mates rebounded to take the state meet in track.
Now Warren is putting his attention on getting ready for his senior season. By participating in the NIKE 7-on-7 Passing Championship Warren and his Poly teammates will get to test their skills against some of Southern California's best athletes.
Warren is also thinking about the official visits he will be taking this fall.
"We are working hard," Warren said. "We are competing in passing leagues and working on team chemistry."
"I haven't decided on all of my official visits, but I think I'm going to visit Ohio State. I'm thinking of visiting Michigan, too.
"I know I'm going to being visiting both UCLA and USC. I'm not sure if I will be visiting officially because they are so close to home, but I be will at both campuses a lot and will go to their games this fall.
"I like (defensive back coach) Coach Tim Beckman at Ohio State," Warren said. "He sees a lot of potential in me and I like the defensive back tradition at Ohio State. I think I can help keep it going.
"At Michigan my recruiter is Ron English. He is both the defensive coordinator and the defensive back coach.
"Coach DeWayne Walker over at UCLA is real cool. He's giving me the information I need to make me a better player and a better person.
"Over at USC, Rocky Seto is a high energy coach who gets you pumped up.
"All four coaches are real cool and want to help me become a better player."
"I'm still very open at this time and there is no clear-cut favorite," Warren said. "I'm going to take my time and weigh my options."
What is Warren looking for in a college?
"I want to go to a school where I will get a good education," Warren said. "After all there is life after football."
"Athletically, I would like to go to a program that will offer me the chance to compete for playing time as a freshman."
Warren is a member of the Rivals.com Rivals100 landing as the Nation's No. 52 player at any position for the class of 2007. Rivals.com rates Warren as the Nation's No. 6 cornerback in the country for the class 2007.
Warren also made the Rivals.com California top 100 and is raked as the Golden State's No. 5 prospect at any position from the Golden State.