With the July 26th Friday Night Lights camp just right around the corner, most of the Ohio State coaches and loyal fans are counting down the minutes till most of the current class of 2014 commits and some of the nations best make their way to Columbus to strut their stuff. Well, before that can happen Urban Meyer, Tom Herman, Ed Warinner and the rest of the Buckeyes rock star staff will play host to 2015 Texas running back Chris Warren III.
The son of one time NFL running back Chris Warren, Chris received his offer from OSU in May and was pretty happy to have earned a chance to suit up for one of the nations year in and year out top dogs. When he first received his shot to be Buckeye, Land-Grant Holy Land caught up with Chris for a few minutes and asked him how it all went down:
" I found out about the offer when Coach Herman had told Coach Webb that they had an offer for me, I was really excited. If I had a chance to play with them I know that it would be a great opportunity because of how much history they have. When I think of Ohio State, I think of a program that is most notorious for winning and winning with physicality. It fits my attitude and personality."
July 22nd, Chris a Rockwall, Texas native will be on the Central Ohio campus after already having the chance to visit many of the nations top programs such as Alabama and most of the top schools in Texas. Nick Saban and the Tide, who offered after his visit earlier this week, join the Buckeyes, Baylor, Clemson, Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma as just a few off his sure to grow offer list. Earlier this week Warren stated to me that he is in contact with OSU assistant Coach Tom Herman still and is really looking forward to experience everything the Ohio State University has to offer for the first time on Monday.
Last season as a sophomore for Rockwall High School, Chris rushed the ball 174 times for an impressive 1,059 and 13 scores while catching 10 passes for 100 yards and two more visits to pay dirt. Putting up those crazy numbers in a state known for its prep football it didn't take long for coaches, writers, and fans to all notice, including SB Nation recruiting analyst Wescott Eberts.
Wescott is more than familiar with the talents of Warren and was kind enough to share his knowledge on the Longhorn state bruiser with Land-Grant Holy Land:
" At 6-2 and between 215 and 220 pounds, there's no question that Warren is a jumbo back entering his junior season, a fact that looms larger than any other in his recruitment. Listed as an athlete by 247Sports as a result, the determining question for his future is where his body takes him. Well put together already, Warren may not have the frame to reach 250 pounds, but projecting in that area is an extremely inexact science.
If he reaches 240 pounds, can he still play running back effectively? For a taller back who already has a high center of gravity and lacks elite explosiveness with his verified 4.62 40 and 4.4 shuttle time in SPARQ testing, Warren may not be able to maintain those attributes carrying 20 more pounds. And there is the fact that he plays enough defense to flash there with his physicality and effort, something that translates to his blocking efforts offensively.
With a creative offensive coordinator, Warren could occupy a hybrid running back/fullback/H-back role in college, where he could use his frame and blocking ability to open up holes for teammates, while also receiving some carries. As a running back, his best attributes are his strength and balance, even though he doesn't always get behind his pads, he can break tackles because of his size and he can keep his feet when pinballed around by defenders in traffic. He has some explosiveness and top-end speed and his feet are solid, but he'll never be a jump cutter capable of sliding from gap to gap easily.
In a loaded 2015 running back class in Texas, Warren isn't the most pure back, but he does bring multi-positional upside to the table and possesses a handful of skills that could allow him to stay at his high school position as he transitions to college."
If that scouting report didn't tickle your fancy, check out these highlights of Chris Warren III in action: