USC Football Recruiting

Where USC stands with Elite DB Green-Warren & why he'll visit soon

February 15, 2019

Five-star DB Elias Ricks‍ is the Mater Dei player getting most of the attention ‍when discussing the top players in the country, and the attention is well deserved, but one of the most talented DBs on the West Coast is his teammate Darion Green-Warren‍. ‍ 

Although he didn’t have nine interceptions and doesn’t have a highlight reel with three pick sixes versus Centennial like Ricks, Green-Warren’s as consistently good as anyone playing for the CA State Champions.

His cover skills are sharp, he’s physical, tackles well and he’s disciplined. Green-Warren plays with high emotion, yet doesn’t let it get away from him. That’s a quality fans don’t often see value in, but coaches do. He’ll rein in wide receivers, running backs and tight ends, but he won’t cost you 15 yards with the game on the line. 

“He’s smart, has good technique and his instincts are off the charts,” said Mater Dei five-star CB Elias Ricks.

That’s actually a perfect description of Green-Warren, but Ground Zero CEO Anthony Brown, who I have enormous respect for as a person and coach, added this.

“I love Darion Green-Warren because when he came to me he was a player in youth football making plays with no technique,” said Brown. “I had also trained and taught his older brother who also played for Ground Zero . When his dad said I could have him full time, my response was he would be a 50 offer kid and one of the top DBs in the country.

“Darion agreed to the challenge. He has became a true student of the game when it comes to perfecting his craft. He wants the word technique always connected to his name, because symbolizes consistency. I love the way he uses his tools as if he’s playing chess. He’s a Camryn Bynum‍ type DB.”

Last summer Green-Warren committed to Oklahoma, a school he fell in love with while on unofficial visits. His family is originally from Oklahoma and Green-Warren lived there until he was eight, so the commitment to the Sooners was exepected at the time.

While he’s solidly committed to Oklahoma, Green-Warren plans to take unofficial and official visits and hopes to finish his prep career with a third CA State Title. Whether he sign with Oklahoma or not, he’ll experience all that’s good and bad with the recruiting process. Just because he’s committed to the Sooners, doesn’t mean schools like USC and UCLA and others will give up on him.

“I’m 100 percent committed to Oklahoma, but changes can happen,” said Green-Warren. “USC has been coming at me lately, so is Florida St., LSU, Penn St. and other schools.”

What could make Green-Warren’s recruitment interesting with the Trojans is former USC DB Chris Hawkins joining the staff as a Graduate Assistant.

“I’ve been talking with Greg Burns (DBs Coach) and I was introduced to him by Chris Hawkins,” Green-Waren said. “Chris is like a big brother to me, so him getting the job at SC was a big deal for me. I plan to get down to SC with my parents very soon and meet with Coach Burns in person.”

Elias Ricks told us last weekend USC has been communicating with him and also hopes to set up an unofficial visit with him in the near future.

Green-Warren also told us USC will get an official visit at some point. Oklahoma will obviously be another official visit, but he’s also decided on taking official visits to Florida St. and LSU. He will take a fifth, but not sure where at this point. Penn St. is being considered for an unofficial visit.

We missed Green-Warren at The Opening Regional for some reason, but we’ll see him in a week at the Pylon 7v7 in Las Vegas, then again two weeks later at the Adidas 7v7 Event at El Camino College.

With 10 plus months until the December signing period, a lot can happen, so STAY TUNED!

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