Landing public commitments on national television at an All-American game is always good for the brand. It’s been a minute since the last one went Michigan’s way so it was good to see 2020 Narbonne (CA) CB Darion Green-Warren commit to the Wolverines at the 20th annual All-American Bowl.
Green-Warren is a smart, physical cover corner that has the speed and twitchiness to stick with receivers big or small. He’s a strong tackler that isn’t afraid to come up into the box or into the backfield to make a tackle. In coverage, he shows the ability to stick on the hip of his man and make quick breaks on the ball. Adding the proper size to deal with the wear and tear of college ball may be the biggest issue he deals with. But with his mix of athleticism and smarts, he’s a guy that will compete for playing time in the first year or two on campus.
Landing Cali kids who have been predicted to end up at USC throughout their recruitments is pretty difficult. However, the troubles the Trojan program have been going through under Clay Helton opened the door for most of the Southern California talent to look elsewhere. That’s especially true for DGW as he’s had his eyes outside of the state throughout.
Green-Warren originally committed to Oklahoma back in the summer of 2018 but backed away from that pledge nine months later and ended up leaving the national powerhouse, Mater Dei, for Narbonne. This opened the door again for the in-state Trojans and others to get involved. One of those teams that eventually started to push was Michigan as it looked to add a second cornerback to its 2020 class and the physical four-star was the perfect fit for the staff’s scheme.
After his list broke down to pretty much Michigan, USC and Nebraska in the fall and heading into a planned public decision at the All-American Bowl, the Wolverines started to pull away. Not only was the fit in the defense the best opportunity but thanks to a fantastic official visit in early December, it was Michigan in the end.
Secretly signing his national letter of intent during the early signing period so he could enroll early in Ann Arbor, Green-Warren made it public with his commitment to the Wolverines at the All-American Bowl.
- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 190lbs
- Hometown (School): Harbor City, CA (Narbonne)
- Notable Offers: USC, Penn State, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida
- Rankings: Rivals (4*, #154 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #239 overall) – ESPN (4*, #212 overall)
- Composite Ranking: Four-star, #184 Overall, #14 CB, #19 in California
As for the Rest of the Class
Green-Warren is the 25th* overall commit, 23rd signee, second cornerback and the second get out of California to go along with OT Jeffrey Persi. With him already signed all eyes turn to the two remaining “commits” in TE Nick Patterson, who will sign elsewhere and OG Micah Mazzccua, who is planning on signing with Michigan but may still be up in the air a bit. There’s also the top unsigned name on the staff’s board, OT James Pogorelc, who I had in the mid-December BGRC.
Photo Credit: Darion Green-Warren/247Sports