This past weekend, South Carolina put together a rousing performance in its 24-21 victory over then-No. 18 Tennessee, which marked the school’s marquee victory of the 2016 season. The Gamecocks hosted a handful of talented recruits, including junior tight end Jacob Warren, so the program’s notable win should pay dividends for head coach Will Muschamp on the recruiting trail.
As for Warren, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound prospect, the recruiting trail is beginning to grow in terms of which schools are interested. Warren compiled an impressive junior highlight tape, which can be viewed on Hudl, and now Division I teams are starting to take notice.
“The process is just starting to pick up for me and I’m still learning how the whole thing works and how to handle things,” Warren told Today’s U. “But I have recently been getting more attention as a result of my play.”
On the field, Warren presents multiple options for his team, Farragut High School (Knoxville, Tenn.), given his physicality at the line of scrimmage and natural pass-catching ability. Warren has shown adeptness in the running game by sinking his hips into blocks and exploding through his assignment, but he is also a dangerous downfield target given his frame and mismatch potential.
“I did really well at a summer camp at Louisville and they’ve invited me to come watch a couple of games,” Warren said. “And University of Texas San Antonio has invited me to come watch a game and then the South Carolina visit.”
With his visit to Columbia fresh in Warren’s memory, the 2018 recruit discussed what he had a chance to see and experience while on South Carolina’s campus.
“The visit went great,” he said. “I really liked the atmosphere in the stadium, the fans were awesome. There facilities were very nice as well.”
Being present on campus for a gameday victory is typically a surefire way to create a positive environment for a visiting recruit, and Warren noted this factor when he watched the Gamecocks on Saturday.
“The main thing I took away was that anyone can win on any day, that’s why you have to go hard every game and ever play,” he said. “SC was the underdog, but they came to play and they left with the W.”
One angle that was extra appealing to Warren on his visit is how South Carolina used its tight end, Hayden Hurst. Over the past several games, Hurst has rose to prominence as a reliable pass-catcher that can also seal the edge when called upon for running plays.
“I think I play a role similar to SC’s tight end,” Warren said. “He blocked well and when he got the ball thrown to him, he made plays.”
As it pertains to his junior season, Warren feels that he has played in a fashion similar to South Carolina’s Hurst in the sense that he can positively impact his team in a variety of areas.
“I think I’ve done all that I can do with what I’ve been given,” Warren said. “I block hard when we run the ball and when I get the chance to catch the ball that’s what I do.”
He also considers his game through a humble scope.
“I would describe my game as explosive and under the radar,” Warren said. “I do my part on the O-Line and right when the defense starts sleeping that’s when I make my plays. I pick up first downs when they’re needed and help my offense keep moving.”