Post-Commitment Reaction: Michigan 'Definitely the Place' for Denver Warren

Post-Commitment Reaction: Michigan 'Definitely the Place' for Denver Warren

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Post-Commitment Reaction: Michigan 'Definitely the Place' for Denver Warren


Aurora (Ill.) West Aurora 2020 defensive tackle Denver Warren recaps his commitment to Michigan.


Post-Commitment Reaction: Michigan ‘Definitely the Place’ for Denver Warren

Denver Warren is excited to recruit for the Wolverines.

Aurora (Ill.) West Aurora 2020 four-star defensive tackle Denver Warren unofficially visited Michigan on June 17 and nearly committed on the spot.

A few days later, he made his verbal pledge to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive line coach Greg Mattison.

However, he decided to wait a few weeks in order to make a commitment video and release it to the public.

As of July 2, Warren is a Michigan man.

“The visit was amazing and life-changing,” Warren said. “Both my mom and I got a great impression. I actually committed a while ago and gave my verbal to Jim Harbaugh and Greg Mattison. We kept it on the low until the video dropped.

“They knew I was a Michigan man.”

The main selling point was not the football or the culture. Instead, it was the academics in Ann Arbor.

“Michigan’s academic program is just amazing and I thought I’d be successful there,” he said. “I have a lot of help and support behind it, so I know it’s a real A+ place.”

Warren’s mother, Elsie Jimerson, also found joy in Ann Arbor, as she tagged along with her son on the visit.

“She loves Michigan,” Warren said of Jimerson. “She loved it just as much as I did. We both had that feeling on the visit and knew what time it was.”

Now that he is committed, the 6-foot-2, 318-pound defensive lineman is ready to stay pledged to the Wolverines. He said he is a man of his word.

“I’ll be at all the home games and I’ll be chillin’ around Michigan,” Warren said. “I’m not going anywhere. I trusted them through the recruiting process, so I’m 100 percent committed. I’m a man of my words. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Warren is pretty active on social media and enjoys communicating with others. He plans to talk with the two other recruits in the 2020 class in order to attempt to bring players from around the nation to Michigan.

“I see a few people have us in their top 5, so I’m going to have to get in touch,” Warren said. “I’m excited to get to know everybody and see where they are from. Everybody has different vibes, but it works together for one goal, which is to win football games.

“I’m just going to tell them to do what they have to do in order to make the right decision. Michigan is definitely the place.”

Warren had 18 offers when setting his top 5, which included Michigan, Penn State, Illinois, Cincinnati and Minnesota. He said the Wolverines outperformed the others in all categories.

“Everything was just better at Michigan. Everything was amazing. I don’t even know how to explain it because it’s something you have to see for yourself.”

The four-star has two more years of high school football left but is very eager to get on-campus at the University of Michigan.

“I’m excited for the college experience as I live day-by-day for four years and play football. I want to get my degree and hopefully get to the NFL.”

Warren is ranked No. 279 in the nation, No. 22 at his position and No. 5 in Illinois, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Michigan’s 2020 class consists of:

  • Aurora (Ill.) West Aurora 4-star DT Denver Warren
  • Columbus (Ohio) Northland 3-star WR Kalil Branham
  • Belleville (Mich.) 3-star CB Andre Seldon

The group of three is ranked No. 9 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten Conference, according to 247Sports.

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