2020 Three-Star DT Calls Michigan Visit "A Game Changer"

2020 Three-Star DT Calls Michigan Visit "A Game Changer"

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2020 Three-Star DT Calls Michigan Visit "A Game Changer"


Aurora (IL) West defensive tackle Denver Warren took a two-day unofficial visit to Ann Arbor. Were the Wolverines able to make a move?


2020 Three-Star DT Calls Michigan Visit “A Game Changer”

It was Denver Warren’s first ever visit to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus.

“And it won’t be my last!” he enthusiastically told WolverinesWire on Sunday, as he winds down from his weekend visit.

2019 five-star athlete Quavaris Crouch’s visit to Michigan this weekend might be gathering the headlines in the recruiting world, but with the attention the staff has paid Warren — a 2020 three-star, rated by 247Sports at 280th overall and the 21st-best defensive tackle in the class — you’d never know there was anyone else even on campus.

Warren got the star treatment, he and his mom spending the entirety of the visit with both defensive line coach Greg Mattison, and the headman himself, Jim Harbaugh.

Despite their luminous figures, the duo had more of a relaxing effect on Warren, rather than coming across as pushy recruiters. It’s an effect that worked.

“I was with Coach Greg and with Coach Harbaugh for two days straight,” Warren told WolverinesWire. “They’re great people! I’ve met Coach Mattison a bunch of times. He came up to my school a bunch of times. That was my first time meeting Coach Harbaugh, but after having breakfast with him – he’s just so humble. I was with them, and they were showing me so much love. If I would have never known Michigan football, I would have never known they were coaches. They were just such cool, down-to-earth people.”

While he bonded with the coaches, Warren was blown away by the town itself.

Michigan is currently nearing the end of the spring semester, but going around Ann Arbor, Warren says you’d never know it wasn’t in the full-swing of fall.

“It was just amazing,” Warren said. “It was just so much love and so much excitement. On a day that wasn’t even game day, it was so much energy and so much love all around. The whole town (is) just a college football town. You can just tell – how people dress, everybody’s wearing Michigan gear (even though it’s not) football season.

“It’s just amazing. I love it, my mom loves it – we all love it!”

But it wasn’t just the city or the coaches that has Warren beaming about his visit to A2. Knowing what the University of Michigan has to offer off the football field is important to him.

And with the facilities and resources the program provides from an educational standpoint, Warren knows he’d be in such great shape off the field that he could focus properly on what he has to do on it.

“The educational part was just amazing, because I know I’ll have all the support that I need when I come up as a freshman – make sure I’m good with my grades and make sure I’m able to just go ball and do what I gotta do,” Warren said. “And then, the football program part is just amazing. More college wins, more football wins, game wins in college football history. The Big House – it’s all just amazing. My mom loves it. Everything is just great!”

The visit has Warren feeling like he fits into what the maize and blue’s plans perfectly. That’s the message he got from the coaches, and after meeting with some of the players, it became that much more apparent to him.

As far as Warren’s concerned, he’s seen all he’s needed to see, telling WolverinesWire that Michigan is now his top school.

“They said I’m a perfect fit,” Warren said. “My vibe, my way I go about my style of play, my size – everything. They said that I fit right in with Michigan. I met a few players, and I just feel like I belong there. It feels like I can fit right in.”

As a 2020 prospect, there’s no rush into choosing the next school at this juncture, and Warren has been taking his time.

According to his profile on 247Sports, Warren has offers from several big-time schools, including Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State. The latter — MSU — has 100% of the 247Sports Crystal Ball with five predictions in the Spartans favor.

However, Warren tells WolverinesWire that Michigan’s green-and-white rival isn’t even in contention at this juncture, saying “(It’s) just not where I belong.”

While the official decision hasn’t been made for Michigan, and Warren doesn’t have a specific timeline as to when he plans to make his college choice official, at this point, where he’d like to go is a foregone conclusion.

“I could pull (the trigger) at any point,” Warren said. “I know where I want to go. I talked to my mom. I know – in those two days that I’ve been up here in Ann Arbor, it’s just a game changer. A whole different mindset.

“After I visited Michigan, I visited Michigan State, and it wasn’t even like a college visit. It wasn’t even exciting for me. My expectations are very high now that I went to Michigan and (got to know more about) all the great legends and everybody – like Tom Brady, Jabrill Peppers – everybody. It’s just amazing.”

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