Huskies could add running back Chris Warren to recruiting class
Son of Seahawk running back of the same name will visit UW this weekend and announce his choice among the Huskies, Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State on signing day next Wednesday.
Seattle Times staff reporter
It has been a relatively drama-free recruiting period for the Washington Huskies leading up to national signing day next Wednesday. They have 24 known recruits who have committed to sign a national letter of intent, and a third of those recruits are from Western Washington.
For their final spot in this recruiting class, the Huskies are keeping a scholarship available for a far-away running back rated among the top 100 recruits in the country. And it’s not so far-fetched to think that Chris Warren could wind up signing with Washington.
At least, that’s what his coach from Rockwall, Texas, said this week.
“I can tell you, he’s legitimately excited,” said Rodney Webb, the coach at Rockwall High School.
Warren will be making his official visit to the UW campus this weekend, Webb said. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound running back is then scheduled to announce a decision between Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and UW on signing day.
“I honestly don’t know which way he’s going to go, and I don’t think he knows which way he’s going to go yet,” 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.”
As a senior, Warren rushed for 2,320 yards and 36 touchdowns in leading Rockwall to a 12-1 record in Texas’ largest classification this past season.
If his name sounds familiar in Seattle, well, it should. His father of the same name (and same stature) is regarded as one of the best running backs in Seahawks history. The elder Warren, a fourth-round draft pick in 1990, finished his Seahawks career as the franchise’s career leader with 6,706 yards (a record later broken by Shaun Alexander).
“One thing that’s truly important to Chris is, he wants to be his own person,” Webb said. “He doesn’t really get into a comparison of his dad. He loves his dad, but he wouldn’t be coming to UW just because his dad played for the Seahawks. There’s some history there, but he wants to blaze his own trail.”
Webb said the younger Warren’s parents first met in Seattle and the recruit has family still in the area.
“So I think there’s some comfort there from a family standpoint,” Webb said. “And the other thing is, I just think Coach (Chris) Petersen, everything his program stands for means a lot to a kid like Chris. Chris is just a great kid. He’s got great character, and I think for him finding a good fit where he’s got a coach and a program that really stands for the right things, I think that’s really, really high on his list of priorities.”
Petersen, running-backs coach Keith Bhonapha and wide-receivers coach Brent Pease flew to Texas earlier this month to meet with Warren.
“They’ve done a great job,” Webb said. “Coach Petersen, I can’t tell you how impressed I was meeting him. Sometimes a Division I head coach comes in and there’s a little bit of haughtiness or arrogance. With Coach Petersen, there’s none of that. What a genuine, down-to-earth human being he is, and that really comes across very quickly. And I think that had a really good impression on Chris as well.”
Warren is rated by Scout.com as the No. 6 running back in this recruiting class and the 56th prospect overall. (Quarterback Jake Browning, ranked No. 97 by Scout, is UW’s top-rated recruit in this class.)
Warren has scholarship offers from virtually all of college football’s top programs, and many have assumed that he will end up signing with Texas.
“I don’t know why everybody assumes Texas is the leader,” he told Scout earlier this month. “I’m considering every school I’m visiting.”
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