Harbor City (CA) Narbonne cornerback Darion Green-Warren publicly announced his commitment to Michigan on Saturday afternoon during the All-American Bowl. He signed with Michigan during the early signing period in December but kept his decision quiet until now. Green-Warren picked the Wolverines over offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Oklahoma, the latter of which once held his commitment.
Green-Warren is listed at 6’0″ and 187 lbs. by 247 Sports. He ran a laser-timed 4.67 forty.
ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #17 CB, #212 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #12 CB, #154 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 91 grade, #19 CB, #239 overall
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Michigan had been recruiting Green-Warren for a long time, back when he was at Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei. Green-Warren transferred to Harbor City (CA) Narbonne for his senior year. Both schools are powerhouses, but like any good powerhouse, they are not devoid of question marks. The longtime favorite for Green-Warren was USC, and he was a silent commit to the Trojans, but he signed with Michigan during the early signing period. He wanted to keep it quiet, though, so he announced at the All-American Bowl and enrolled early at Michigan.
I have yet to find senior highlights of Green-Warren at Narbonne, so all we have are underclassman highlights and what we saw during the All-American Bowl. His 4.67 forty time is not impressive, and speed is not a strength of his based on his highlights. He seems to have good instincts and is physical. In a quote you’ll see a little later tonight (I won’t post it all here), his trainer says he shed 30 pounds after transferring schools, in order to lose some bulk and gain a little quickness. I like Green-Warren from a technique standpoint, and he’s also a feisty competitor. He breaks well and he’s physical.
The biggest issue I see is his lack of makeup speed. This is something that many Michigan corners have lacked in recent years, from J.T. Floyd to Channing Stribling to Brandon Watson. Some people have questioned Green-Warren’s size, which I don’t really understand; I have doubts that he’s a full 6’0″ tall, but even 5’10” or 5’11” is still adequate for a corner. If you’re looking for a guy who can shut down Ohio State’s seemingly endless bullet train of wide receivers, this probably isn’t the guy.
Overall, Green-Warren is a solid cornerback. Is he a difference-maker? Is he the type of player to get Michigan over the hump against OSU? Probably not. I think he could end up having a career similar to that of former Wolverine Donovan Warren, a three-year player who left early only to be excluded from the NFL Draft. The difference is that Warren was a 5-star prospect, whereas Green-Warren is a little more appropriately ranked (4-star, #184 overall in the 247 Composite).
With Green-Warren signed, sealed, and delivered to Michigan, the Wolverines now have 23 signees, including 9 early enrollees (LINK). It’s unclear if offensive lineman Micah Mazzccua and tight end Nick Patterson will end up signing with Michigan, but they are also verbally committed. Jim Harbaugh talked about someone like R.J. Moten being able to play corner, but I think the corners in this 2020 class are limited to Green-Warren and Andre Seldon, Jr.
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