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3Jan 2022
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Darion Green-Warren, Ex-Wolverine

Darion Green-Warren

Second-year player Darion Green-Warren is transferring. Green-Warren was a 4-star, the #14 cornerback, and #190 overall in the 2020 class. He was also a participant in the All-American Bowl.

Green-Warren transferred from Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei to Harbor City (CA) Narbonne before his senior year, and he was a tough, productive corner at both spots. He was never the most athletic player, but he was supposed to be competitive and technical. He played pretty well when we saw him on a national stage in the All-American Bowl, but the athleticism wasn’t anything special.

I thought Green-Warren would play well at Michigan because he had some similar traits to other successful Wolverine cornerbacks, but cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich left and so did defensive coordinator Don Brown. Green-Warren never recorded any statistics at Michigan, and I’m not sure he ever played in a game.

Green-Warren is the fifth player from the 2020 class to transfer, joining LB Osman Savage (Alabama A&M), DE Aaron Lewis (Rutgers), LB Cornell Wheeler (Kansas), and LB William Mohan (Tennessee).

Michigan currently has 94 scholarship players slated to be on the roster in 2022, so they still need to shed nine players in order to get down to the limit.

17Jul 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #58 Darion Green-Warren

Darion Green-Warren (image via SI)

Name: Darion Green-Warren
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
180 lbs.
High school:
Harbor City (CA) Narbonne
Position:
Cornerback
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#28
Last year:
I ranked Green-Warren #49 and said he would be a backup cornerback (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating:
78

Green-Warren was a highly touted recruit and played in the All-American Bowl back in January of 2020. He was a 4-star and the #190 overall prospect in the class. I thought last year he would step in and play a backup role for a team that really needed help at corner. Unfortunately, even though Michigan’s corners were pretty terrible overall, Green-Warren never sniffed the field.

I have always had questions about Green-Warren’s overall speed and athleticism, but he’s feisty and has good technique. Unfortunately for him, Michigan is pretty much in the same spot they were in 2020 when Ambry Thomas opted out. Vincent Gray and Gemon Green both got torched for a big chunk of the season, and the backups who got a shot to play were immediately shredded, too. Thomas has moved on the NFL, and both Gray and Green return. Reportedly, D.J. Turner II is vying for playing time. At no point have I heard that Green-Warren is in the mix to play, but you never know what could happen with a new defensive coaching staff.

Prediction: Backup cornerback

26Jul 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #49 Darion Green-Warren

Darion Green-Warren

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Name: Darion Green-Warren
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
183 lbs.
High school:
Harbor City (CA) Narbonne
Position:
Cornerback
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Green-Warren was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 16 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 8 pass breakups.
TTB Rating:
78

In what was a mediocre recruiting class in 2020, Green-Warren was one of the hard-fought prizes of the cycle. The importance of his recruitment was probably inflated by two things: 1. his position and 2. his California roots. Michigan has suffered losses from the cornerback position in recent years from guys who were expected to contribute (Benjamin St-Juste and Myles Sims, for example), leaving the position pretty thin, at least from an experience perspective. Michigan fans also probably prop up California kids just because it’s such a talent-rich state.

Green-Warren ended up as a 4-star, top-200 player who participated in the Adidas All-American Bowl. That NBC broadcast was all we got to see from Green-Warren in the final year of his recruitment, because after transferring from Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei to Narbonne for his senior year, no highlights were posted. His senior year stats (16 tackles, 6 TFLs, 8 PBUs) don’t indicate that there were a ton of highlights to post, anyway.

I believe Green-Warren will have a solid career at Michigan, but his so-so top-end speed will hold him back in the long run. He’s a physical player who should have little issue with that aspect of the game, but I don’t think he has a particularly high ceiling. This year he has a chance to fight for the #3 cornerback spot behind Ambry Thomas and Vincent Gray, but he’s likely a guy who won’t play a lot until his second or third year.

Prediction: Backup cornerback

15Jul 2020
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2020 Recruiting Awards

Braiden McGregor (image via MGoBlue)

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You can take a look back at the awards for the 2019 class if you want (LINK).

Best Overall Recruit: DE Braiden McGregor
McGregor lost a little bit of steam in the recruiting world when his senior season ended in a fizzle after a knee injury. That doesn’t put a damper on my excitement for him, though. Michigan does a good job of developing defensive talent – particularly defensive ends – and I expect that to continue with McGregor.

Hit the jump for the rest of the awards.

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21Feb 2020
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How does the 2020 class match up with Michigan’s all-time recruits?

A.J. Henning (image via Wolverines Wire)

Michigan wrapped up a decent recruiting class earlier in February. There are no 5-star recruits, but the Wolverines got a fair share of 4-star guys. For a historical perspective on where they match up with recruits from the past, here’s a look at where they slot in all-time, according to the 247 Composite.

A.J. Henning – WR – Frankfort (IL) Lincoln-Way East
2020 ranking: #101
Historical ranking: #80 all-time at Michigan
Flanked by: RB Kareem Walker (#100 in 2016) and DT Will Johnson (#105 in 2004)
Closest positional comparisons: Toney Clemons (#96 in 2007) and Adrian Arrington (#115 in 2004)

Braiden McGregor – DE – Port Huron (MI) Northern
2020 ranking: #122
Historical ranking: #103
Tied with: WR Tarik Black (#122 in 2017)
Closest positional comparisons: Aidan Hutchinson (#112 in 2018) and Chris Wormley (#129 in 2012)

Hit the jump for more.

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