U-M fans: Meet Donovan Warren

Meet the newest Michigan Wolverine, cornerback Donovan Warren from the fabled Long Beach (Calif.) Poly Jackrabbits, the Golden State's top high school football program. What is he like, what is his 'game', and how did Michigan pull this upset?

Meet Donovan Warren
-- He's a 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback.
-- He runs a 4.4 second 40, and has a 10.6 100m time.
-- He is Scout.com's no. 22 prospect (U-M's 2nd highest commit; Mallett's #5)
-- He is Scout.com's #4 cornerback, a 5-star prospect.

Selected to play in the USA's top high school all star game, the Army All-American Game. Warren was top-notch all week in Army Game practices, and also in the game itself, showing that his game comprises speed and aggressiveness.

For his senior season, Warren recorded 36 tackles and three interceptions. On the offensive side he carried the ball 72 times for 448 yards (four carries per game, 6.2 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. He also hauled in 14 passes for 181 yards (8.8 catches a game, 12.9 yards per catch) and two touchdowns.

Warren and his Poly Jackrabbit teammates had their 11-2 season come to a close with a heartbreaking 23-22 loss to Orange (Calif.) Lutheran in the CIF Division I semifinals.

Warren's godfather is Poly alum, former USC Trojan, and Detroit Lions safety Mark Carrier.

Warren is fully qualified academically with a 2.9 core GPA and an 880 SAT.

His personality: GoBlueWolverine got to spend time with Warren and his father during Army All-American week. Warren is -- high energy, upbeat, and confident.

His weakness: He is still a little slender, but that is because he is not yet quite fully physically mature. He will get stronger quickly in our opinion.

Warren in Action:
Scouting Video 2- Sr. Year #2 CB:
Army Practice: Day-One:
Nike 7-on-7 Passing Championship:

The recruiting story:

Donovan has been considered a USC "lock" all along. There are four Long Beach Poly guys on the USC roster right now (RB Hershel Dennis, CB Vincent Joseph, WR Travon Patterson and S Alfred Rowe). In addition, his godfather Mark Carrier is an SC alum as well.

However, there is a lot of respect for Michigan Asst. Coach Ron English at Poly, and Warren's father, Alvin, and English know each other well. Even Mark Carrier reportedly had good things to say about English's coaching ability.

It also came down the the depth chart as well. As Warren himself told GBW, USC is deep at cornerback, whereas at Michigan .. he'll have a great shot at significant playing time as a freshman.

With every Michigan in-school or in-home visit in January U-M was gaining. GBW first learned that the tide was turning significantly Bluish for Warren about 12 days ago and had pulled even with the Trojans ... and that by about five days ago U-M had actually taken the lead. It was hard for us to believe as well at first, but GBW began opposing the whole "recruiting world" in switching to optimistic about Michigan's chances of landing Warren. The proof to all the football world came last night!

For more from Donovan himself, be sure to check out GoBlueWolverine's in-depth feature on his commitment: Warren to Don the Maize & Blue!




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