Back in March, four-star JUCO prospect De’Jahn Warren released a list of his top 11 schools. On Sunday, he trimmed down that group, and Tennessee made the cut.
Warren, the top-rated junior college cornerback in the 2021 class, tweeted out a graphic featuring his top seven schools moving forward in his recruitment on Sunday, and the Vols were included along with Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Penn State, Florida State, and Maryland.
— De’Jahn “Nugget” Warren (@Ayoooo_daeee) July 12, 2020
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back is the No. 2 overall JUCO prospect and No. 1 JUCO cornerback in the 2021 class. Warren plays for Lackawanna Community College, the same school current Vol defensive lineman Savion Williams played for before singing with UT in the 2019 class.
Warren played for Suitland High School in Hyattsville, Maryland originally. But after missing his senior year due to academic reasons and not being recruited because of that, Warren 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 standout defensive back now holds 30 FBS offers, but he’ll be focusing on these seven schools moving forward.
Warren has already tentatively planned an official visit to Tennessee’s campus later this year. He’s currently scheduled to take official visits to Penn State (Sep. 26), Oklahoma (Nov. 20), Tennessee (Dec. 4), and Georgia (Dec. 11).
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.
Tennessee’s 2021 class currently ranks fourth in the country and No. 1 in the SEC according to 247Sports. Of the Vols’ 23 current commitments, at least three prospects project as defensive backs with another prospect being able to play in the secondary if needed. Three-star defensive back De’Shawn Rucker, three-star safety Edwin White, and three-star cornerback Jay Jones are the Vols’ known defensive back commits, and four-star athlete Kaemen Marley could also play in the secondary.