Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Donovan Warren took his long awaited recruiting visit to USC this past weekend. The Trojans have long been thought of as the team to beat for the standout corner and they did nothing on the visit to change that perception.
Warren had earlier visited Arizona, Cal and Michigan and still has one more trip left before making his decision.
"I've been to SC so many times but I still had a great visit," Warren said. "I know the campus so well but the trip was good for me because it gave me an opportunity to hang out with the players on the team and really see what a family everyone is there.
"I also have a great relationship with the coaches but the trip was really one of the first times I've had to sit down with those guys and find out what kind of opportunity I would have at SC. Coach Carroll, he's all about competition, the best guys play no matter what year they are and that's something that is exciting to me.
"I know a school like SC is always going to have great players but I also know that if I come in and show that I'm good enough to play, I'll be on the field. Travon (Patterson) was my host but I hung out with all the guys. We had three players from Poly sign last year (Alfred Rowe, Vincent Joseph) but I was always closest with Travon and he's real happy there and likes it a lot.
"Friday night, we had dinner at Staples Center at the Fox Sports Grill and watched some of the Laker game while we ate. We went out a little that night and then on Saturday, we watched the team practice and went out again that night. During dinner, we watched a little of the state playoff games and it made me think how badly I wished that was us playing.
"Overall, it was a great visit but I still have one more trip left before I'll be ready to make my decision. I have UCLA (Jan. 12) and I'm looking forward to seeing what they have to offer. I have a lot of respect for Coach Walker and what he has done with the defense so I'm going to go in to that trip with an open mind and see how it goes."