There are certain positions that always garner attention from D-I schools. Defensive tackle comes to mind. Another position that earns the interest of D-I schools is a corner that you can out on an island. Donovan Warren (6-0, 175, 4.4) from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly is that kind of cornerback.
Warren has five offers on the table from UCLA, USC, Oregon, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.
Cal and Texas are also showing a lot of interest in Warren. The youngster from Poly would like to hear more from Ohio State.
Article Continues Below
Warren was somewhat surprised by his latest offer.
"I didn't have a lot of contact with UCLA until the day before their junior day," Warren said. "That was the day I got their offer in the mail"
"I went to UCLA's junior and talked to coach DeWayne Walker," Warren said. "Coach Walker told me that I would have an excellent shot at playing as a true freshman."
"Since coach Walker came from the NFL, I could enter UCLA and under his wing, learn what it takes to get to the NFL," Warren said. "He's (Walker) been there and his mentoring will help me be a better person and has a player."
"I got an offer from USC early," Warren said. "It showed me that they were very interested."
"I don't have a leader right now," Warren said. "Everything is neutral regarding colleges."
There is good reason why Warren is getting all this attention. He earned all-league, all-area, all-state underclass and was a Student Sports All-American for his performance as a junior.
Because Warren was such a blanket in coverage there weren't many passes thrown in his direction in 2005, thus he didn't have an interception. He was excellent in run support as he racked 51 tackles.
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."
It doesn't look like Warren will be an early commit.
"I'm just focusing in on track right now," Warren said. "After the season, then I will start looking at schools that fit me best."
Warren is also a good student who is carrying a better than 3.0 GPA.