Tennessee’s 2021 class is already full of highly-rated prospects, and the Vols are trying their best to add even more star power to that group. One of UT’s top secondary targets in the cycle has planned out four of his five official visits, and the Vols look to be getting one of the last ones before he makes his commitment.
De’Jahn Warren is the No. 1 JUCO prospect in the 2021 cycle, and he’s been on Tennessee’s radar for a while. Back in late March, Warren included the Vols in his list of top teams, and now he’s scheduled his official visit to Knoxville later this year. Warren tweeted out the dates for four official visits this upcoming season, and he’ll be making the trip to Tennessee on December 4th, just 10 days before he makes his commitment announcement.
— De’Jahn “Nugget” Warren (@Ayoooo_daeee) May 18, 2020
Warren will also take official visits to Penn State (Sept. 26), Oklahoma (Nov. 20), and Georgia (Dec. 11). He’s yet to decide if he’ll be taking a fifth and final visit before announcing.
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Warren is currently the No. 1 JUCO prospect and top-rated JUCO cornerback in the 2021 cycle. He holds offers from 30 schools, and Tennessee extended an offer to him back on December 20, 2019, becoming the first FBS team to offer him after his debut campaign in the JUCO ranks.
Now, he’s firmly on the radar of teams across the country, and the Vols are right in the thick of things for his services.
Warren played for Suitland High School in Hyattsville, Maryland originally. But after not gaining much acclaim out of high school, Warren has caught fire after his first year with Lackawanna. He earned JUCO All-American honors in 2019, and he was named to the First Team All-Northeast Football Conference defense.
The 6-foot, 175-pound athlete is a hard hitter at the cornerback spot, and he’s very good at being in the right place at the right time to pick off passes. Warren has solid leaping ability and uses his athleticism to disrupt passes regularly. He moves well and plays good man coverage, something that is a must in Tennessee’s defense.
In his first year at Lackawanna, Warren totaled 35 tackles, a tackle for loss, five interceptions, six pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and five blocked kicks according to the NJCAA. Warren plays for the same junior college that current Vol defensive lineman Savion Williams played for before signing on with the Vols in the 2019 class.
The Vols currently have 22 prospects committed to them in their 2021 class, and a handful of those commits are projected as defensive backs. Four-star DB Kamar Wilcoxson, three-star DB De’Shawn Rucker, three-star safety Edwin White, and three-star cornerback Jay Jones are all projected in the secondary for Tennessee. Three-star running back Elijah Howard and three-star athlete Nate Evans are also capable of playing defensive back.