Chris Warren, a four-star running back recruit from Rockwall, Texas, is scheduled to announce his college choice on national signing day next Wednesday, choosing between his four finalists: Washington, Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
UW is the outlier there, of course, and his interest in the Huskies was a bit surprising initially. Many have assumed that Warren would end up at Texas, but it has to be at least a little encouraging sign for UW that Warren is taking his final official to UW this weekend. And his coach says Warren is “legitimately excited” for the trip to Seattle.
“I honestly don’t which way he’s going to go and I don’t think he knows which way he’s going to go yet,” Rockwall coach Rodney Webb said. “He wants to wait until after the trip this weekend and then go back and take a day or so and figure out what he wants to do. But I really think that he could see himself going to school at UW. I really do.”
Warren is the son of the former Seahawks running back of the same name. They share a similar frame, too, with the younger Warren playing at about 230 pounds as a senior, when he rushed for 2,320 yards and 36 touchdowns in leading Rockwall to a 12-1 record in Texas’ largest classification.
Webb said there’s a misconception about Warren as a “big back.” Warren is plenty fast, too, he said.
“I think if you watch his (highlight) tape, you get to see a combination of both,” Webb said. “Any back that puts up the kind of numbers he put up this year … you’ve got to be a home-run hitter to put up those kids of yards. He was not only one of the biggest guys on the field, but he was without exception the fastest guy on the field in every game this year. That’s one of the things about it. I think people want to characterize him as a pound-it-between-the-tackles, short-yard back. He’s so much more than that.
“He’s so good with the football on the edge and he catches the ball well out of the backfield. Honestly, for a coach, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to coach a kid who has that combination of that size and speed.”
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