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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
2015 RB Warren likes Texas, wants to wait

By Max Olson

AUSTIN, Texas -- Chris Warren (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall) was the first 2015 running back to receive a scholarship from Texas. He knew he wouldn’t be the last.

Just because the Longhorns already have three verbal commits for next year’s recruiting class doesn’t mean Warren feels any impetus to pull the trigger soon.

Chris Warren
Class of 2015 tailback Chris Warren said he won't commit to a school until his senior year.
“A commitment is not going to come until my senior year,” Warren said. “That’s final. There’s no reason to commit this early. I have no reason to commit.”

It’ll be up to the Texas coaching staff to convince him otherwise, though as a prospect Warren is also a good reminder that plenty can happen in the next two years.

His father, Chris Warren, played 11 seasons in the NFL as a 6-foot-2, 228-pound running back. The son is already 6-foot-2 and 215.

Will he grow out of the position over time? That’s something recruiters acknowledge -- they see his potential as a defensive end or linebacker -- but Warren tries not to think about it.

“Whatever happens, happens,” he said. “If God has me grow some more, he has me grow some more. If I play a different position, I play a different position. It is what it is. I really would like to stay at my position and be recruited there.”

The Longhorns are recruiting several backs at that spot. Plano (Texas) West’s Soso Jamabo received an offer last Saturday. Rawleigh Wiliams III (Dallas/Bishop Lynch) and Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas/Katy) both attended the spring game and are on UT's radar.

If one or more of them become Longhorns, Warren won’t worry. He likes Texas, but he’s going by his own timeline.

“There are running backs everywhere,” he said. “They’re going to get offered regardless. I think if they’re thinking about getting them instead of me, I just need to work harder to get to where they want me to be the guy.”

After taking in a Texas spring practice, what stood out the most to Warren wasn’t just how the running backs were coached up by Larry Porter. He was blown away by how they performed, even in a simple scrimmage.

“They look like they know what they’re doing all the time,” he said. “They’re never confused or poorly coached. They’re really explosive and they’re straightforward.”

So is Warren’s game. He rushed for 1,059 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore and added 100 receiving yards and two more scores. The Texas offer hasn’t led to many other schools reaching out to him yet, but that should change soon.

He expects more schools to start holding sophomore days and invest in 2015 recruiting now that Texas is getting a step ahead of the competition, and he welcomes that trend.

“I hope so. That would be a great honor,” Warren said. "I’m not exactly worried because of how early it is. But it would be really nice.”

The attention is nothing but a good thing in his eyes, because it only means more college coaches will be stopping by Rockwall this spring and summer to check out Warren and, more importantly, his teammates.

“I’m getting noticed out there,” he said. “All that really does is motivate the team to work harder so they get noticed. It brings people into the school.”

Warren said he’s planning to visit LSU sometime in the next month, but he hasn’t thought about much more than that when it comes to recruiting visits.

No matter what he ends up doing, he’ll have his father’s support. Chris Warren Sr. is excited about the UT offer and the fact this process is beginning.

He was a member of the class of 1985. Recruiting has changed quite a bit since then, and his son can appreciate that.

"I’m sure it was different. That was a long time ago,” Warren said. “They definitely did not have sophomore days back then.”