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De’Jahn Warren: The real nuggets to know about the nation’s No. 1 JUCO prospect

De’Jahn Warren: The real nuggets to know about the nation’s No. 1 JUCO prospect

De’Jahn Warren: The real nuggets to know about the nation’s No. 1 JUCO prospect

De’Jahn Warren: The real nuggets to know about the nation’s No. 1 JUCO prospect

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. This entry serves as the first DawgNation.com on 4-star junior college cornerback target De'Jahn "Nugget"Warren out of Lackawanna Community College in Pennsylvania.

When it comes to junior college prospects, the road is sometimes the telling part of their story.

There is often a hiccup or a detour along the way. The talent level is obvious, but the junior college level was necessary to sustain their careers. That level offers a second chance at playing on the biggest stages that college football has to offer.

De'Jahn "Nugget" Warren has endured the hiccup, the detour, the setback, the hurdle and then found a speed turn back in the right direction toward major college football.

The nation's No. 1 junior college prospect (per the 247Sports Composite) has essentially set his top four schools by naming Georgia, Oklahoma, Penn State and Tennessee as his four official visits. Will he add a fifth school to that list? He's not certain of that yet.

When he enrolls at one of those programs in late December of 2020, he will be 21 years old.He will be a 21-year-old junior with a long story to tell his new teammates.

Let's rewind his career like the back of a football card. It is the best way to show how he just would not give up.

  • Fall of 2013: His freshman season at Suitland High School (Junior varsity/14 years old)
  • Fall of 2014: Hissophomore season at Suitland High School (Junior varsity/15 years old)
  • Fall of 2015: Sat out junior season. Academically ineligible to play at Suitland High/16 years old)
  • Fall of 2016: Sat out. Academically ineligible to play at Suitland High School/17 years old)
  • Fall of 2017: Reclassified to the class of 2018. Transferred to The Avalon School for his senior season (It was a two-hour commute each way to attend and play football/18 years old)
  • Fall of 2017 : Could only play five games at TheAvalon School. He tried to return to Suitland High. Had to enroll at an alternative school to finish his high school education. (18 years old)
  • Spring of 2018: Graduated from high school. (18 years old)
  • Fall of 2018: Could not play at Lackawanna Community College (financial hardship/19 years old)
  • Fall of 2019 : Walked on andbecame a junior college All-American at Lackawanna Community College/20 years old)

Their own personal struggle defines a lot of junior college players. That is certainly the case here. There's something they need to learn by playing junior college ball.

It often has nothing to do with football.Check out what his first season at Lackawanna Community College looked like last fall.

It will impress. Check out that initial big hit and the backflip he nearly makes in the air while coming down with a pick.

It sounds like he now has both halves of that student-athlete part down. Finally.

"I don't even have any grade issues now," Warren said. "I can calmly give a college program my transcripts and know that I am fine. I gave it my all after that last time when it felt like I got kicked to the curb. I've made up for all that I've missed."

Warren has played basically five games of varsity football in five seasons. Unbelievable.

Then he had to sit out his first potential season at the junior college level. When he arrived at the junior college level, he was a walk-on buried on the depth chart.

That was fine. He finally had a chance to play. That was all he needed.

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It takes 187 seconds for De'Jahn Warren to tell this story

Ask Warren to recite all the twists and turns in his road to get to where he is today. He can.

He will do so briskly. It is a lot of material to cover. He covers that ground the way he does the 40. His HUDL profile page lists a time of 4.35 seconds at that distance.

There were those two summers after 7-on-7 season when he learned he didn't have the grades to be eligible to play that fall. There was the attempt to restart his football career at The Avalon School. The opportunity there to play for a private school just took up too many hours in the day with the commute.

"It was just too far," Warren said. "By the time I was getting home every night it was already 11 o' clock at night."

There were high school administrators that he feels left him to be. That was balanced out by a high school coaches who put in a good word for him with the staff at Lackawanna. He won't forget the times he always spent trying to raise his high school GPA.

The plan to reclassify to a different graduating class to be able to play again that never came to be. It would up with him turning in his pads after a glimmer of hope.

"I was always good at football," Warren said. "From the 7-on-7 seasons, I was receiving attention from a few colleges but they never really could look my way because I didn't have the grades."

He flies through all the steps of his journey. But it still takes him three minutes and seven seconds to describe everything that took place from the summer before his junior year to the chance to finally enroll and play for Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

"I would have graduated high school in 2017 if I didn't have to reclassify," he said.


De’Jahn Warren: The real nuggets to know about the nation’s No. 1 JUCO prospect

What kept De'Jahn Warren from giving up on football?

Warren covered a lot of valleys in those 187 seconds. There were multiple points where he was on the verge of giving up on football. Those took place when he was 17, 18 and 19 years old.

He cried to them and was humble enough to admit that.

"I was telling my friends Look man, every time I try to play football it is just not working out for me. So this really might not be for me' and I just thought that. I thought that God was sending me signs like that this football stuff was not for you."

There's a wise piece of time-tested parenting advice that comes into play here. Parents tell their children to watch who they hang around with. Who they hang around with is who they are.

Friends will shape their actions. Warren's friends certainly did.

"They would call and check up on me every day," Warren said. "They would come by the house. They just really were there to brighten up my spirits."

He feels they supported him through all those valleys just as much as his family did.

"I learned in the very long run here that you just have to push harder," he said. "I learned that you can't be an athlete without being a student first. I really had to learn that. Once I knew that books will take you to school and then you can move on to football, I had to change my ways and grow up for real."

"I was so stuck on the fact that I was a good football player and they couldn't just pass me by but it really doesn't work that way."

That's good lip service. Warren can talk the talk. He actually wants to study communications as his college major at his next university home.

But he owns that speech, too.

"I put my books over my football," he said. "I sit in the front of the class. I ask a lot of questions. I really try to apply myself in the classroom now. I've really actually started to like school because before I didn't really like school. I was younger back then. I didn't really know."

He lost a beloved grandmother when he was younger. But he doesn't really hold that up for him as an excuse. It was just another thing that caused him to lose focus.

"I just wasn't there mentally at the time," he said. "That's alright, though. I had to make up for that. I've made up for that."

When he had to finish out his high school career at alternative school, Warren said that it was because he was told the administration didn't want any returning seniors at his old school.

The route didn't get any easier after that. He didn't have the finances to enroll and walk-on to the Lackawanna football team in the fall of 2018.

It meant another lost season.

Warren enrolled in January of last year and walked on. He didn't receive any scholarship aid until spring practices prior to the 2019 season. When he started practicing with the team, he worked him way up from the fourth or fifth team.

He turned heads quickly by forcing four fumbles in fall camp. It wasn't until an unfortunate injury to one of his teammates allowed him the chance to start last fall.

"I'm so thankful for Lackawanna," he said. "They really helped me out. I'm not the richest person in the world or a perfect person but whenever there was any issue, they really helped me out. They gave me this opportunity and I can really count on my coaches."

When his turn finally came, he maximized it.

"I had fun," Warren said. "I was like a kid in a candy store. To actually be playing football again, I just tore it up out there. I was so happy to be playing football again and like I said I was really just about to give it all up. I always think about that. I was not going to be a football player and I didn't know what the next step of my life was going to be."

"To be able to play football again really just brought out the best in me. It really taught me a lot about myself and my character and the man that I wanted to be."

Lackawanna has had multiple top 10 overall NFL Draft picks come out of their program. No one has received that college attention that Warren has up to this point.


De’Jahn Warren: The real nuggets to know about the nation’s No. 1 JUCO prospect

The chances for Georgia with De'Jahn Warren

Warren has established when he will share his college decision with the world.

Georgia is set up to get the last official visit prior to that decision.

Is there a reason for that? Warren said there wasn't anything specific. It is somewhat ironic that he shares the same last name with his potential position coach at Georgia.

It would be Charlton Warren coaching De'Jahn Warren. What do those two think about that?

"It was quite funny because coach Warren is the coach that offered me and he joked around saying that we could be cousins," Warren said. "So that's something we always bring up every here and there."

The route that former JUCO cornerback D.J. Daniel took to playing in 14 games is a much more substantial pull here for the Bulldogs. It is lost on most of DawgNation that Daniel started the last 11 games of his first season at Georgia.

Warren noticed.

"Before I went to Lackawanna I wanted to know who was the best corner in JUCO was so I had an idea on what I had to do to be the best at my position," he said. "So D.J's name came up. I saw that he was committed to Georgia so I watched his tape. Ever since then I had an idea on who he was so I looked out for his name whenever I watched a Georgia game."

Can a junior college player play immediatelyat UGA? The Bulldogs don't have to sell that to Warren. He saw Daniel do that last fall on the top-rated scoring defense in the nation.

"It is backed up because DJ was in my position before," De'Jahn Warren said. "So them telling me I can do the same thing is believable because it has been done."

Warren said he has a good vibe with Charlton Warren at UGA because when they talk, it is usually not about sports. That relationship has come together over FaceTime and text messages.

"To me, I say that coach Warren is funny," Warren said. "He makes me laugh. He's got a sense of humor so it is pretty cool talking to him. We just be cracking jokes all the time about anything and everything. Every time he speaks to me, he is always smiling on the call. He gives off that great energy to me and I reciprocate that energy."

What does he like best about Georgia?

"Well since I haven't been down there yet I would say the communication," Warren said. "They have really good communication with me all the time."

He said he has also spoken to Kirby Smart and defensive coordinator Dan Lanning.

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The other schools in contention here for Warren

Georgia. Oklahoma. Penn State. Tennessee. Why did those schools get official visits?

Warren lists a simple criteria.

"I do all of that like this," he says. "If I can see myself playing for your program and you are actually reaching out to me and recruiting me, then I will set up a visit with you."

"Those schools they kept up their communication with me and they talked to me just about every day or every other day. They call my phone a lot and we've actually built relationships."

What is he looking for?

"I just need a home feeling to be honest," he said. "This is my first time going through this process so it is taking me a little bit longer to make my decision. Especially with the coronavirus. I already had visits set up before this whole situation happened. But I will say this virus really made me sit down and think more. You feel me? When I go to these schools, I really need to get that home feeling because I'm choosing schools for these official visits that I can really see myself playing at for a couple of years."

Warren said he will have three years of eligibility to play two seasons once he signs during the early period in December. If he had the chance to visit schools this weekend, he would go check out Maryland first.

That campus is only about 10 or 15 minutes away from his house. The Terrapins are recruiting him hard, but not like those four schools. He said that the COVID-19 pandemic has wiped away the chance for him to take about six or seven important unofficial visits.

De'Jahn Warren: Did we mention his "Nugget" nickname?

Everyone calls him "Nugget." That nickname is still going strong.

"If I had a dollar for every time somebody has called me Nugget' then I would be a trillionaire," he said. "Everybody and I mean even my teachers call me Nugget' every day.

If so, he wouldn't need that NFL contract that he's working toward.


De’Jahn Warren: The real nuggets to know about the nation’s No. 1 JUCO prospect

"It started off in high school," he said. "When I was a freshman, I was about five feet and four inches tall. Maybe 5-foot-5. I was real small. I'm not going to lie to you. I had a short blonde bushy fade with a blonde patch in the front."

Warren weighed about 85-90 pounds then. It meant he was a return man initially for Suitland's junior varsity.

"So I returned my first kick which was in practice for a touchdown and my coach asked me what was my name," Warren said.

That first impression serves as the best impression here.

"I took off my helmet and I looked at him in his face and I said My name is De'Jahn Warren.' He looked at me and laughed. He said I'm going to call you Nugget' and it has stuck since then."

If he makes it to the league as a high draft pick, the endorsement dollars might be there.

"I have got to have a nugget deal," Warren said. "It is only right."

It is only right knowing the road he has been on so far. He had those academic hurdles and still needed a major growth spurt (about seven inches and 75 pounds) to go from a "Nugget" to a college football prospect.

"The reason I play football now is for my both of my siblings and my younger cousins," Warren said. "I'm the oldest male in my immediate family now. I have to set the example now. I'm the first one to go to college. I'm just trying to pave the way for them now. I'm all about paving the way for the next generation of my family now. This is all bigger than me now."


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RELATED: The Carrollton HS coaching staff shares their view of a big upside for Chaz Chambliss What Kevin Pope sees for the football future of Chaz Chambliss Chambliss as a future defensive end? There's a lot of meat on the bone there for Pope to pick at. 'What runs counter to that is he's able to cover in space,' Pope said. 'As you can see since you were out here, you can see how he moves along. If Georgia is running a Tampa 2, he can run with the back. He can run with the middle receiver. He's definitely getting into his thirds of the field. He can get into his drops and the flats and the curl areas and then he has tremendous explosion so he can transition from one space on the field to the next.' Pope has read in some spots that Chambliss projects to bulk up. He's going to get bigger. That's not what he is saying Georgia is going to do. Chambliss told DawgNation that defensive coordinator Dan Lanning has recruited him to be an OLB. He'll be part of that 'Wolfpack' Room like the Azeez Ojularis and the Nolan Smiths in the program now. 'Anybody that wants to bulk him up to be a defensive end is making a mistake,' Pope said. 'The kid can clearly be a good outside linebacker. I know he's big and he is going to get bigger but with constant working on his agility the sky is the limit for what he can do.' Chambliss came to Pope at the referral of former NFL player Derrick Witherspoon. 'He's been a pro,' Pope said. 'So he knows. He thought it would be a good idea for Chaz to start working more on his agility and there's no better way to work on your agility than working with defensive backs.' Pope has been working out Chambliss for approximately a month now. He's seen the gains. 'From the first time to now, it is like light years of gain,' Pope said. 'But it is not like that he wasn't able to do those things, he just hasn't had the ability to do that yet. When he gets out here and gets moving, he can move with the best of them. That's' because he's athletic.' Chambliss is an absolute punisher on his high school film. He pummels the ball carrier as much as tackles. He already has 69 tackles for losses and 38.5 sacks in three seasons of varsity ball. He's forced eight fumbles. What happens if he can add 75 percent of a defensive back's skills to his toolbox? 'Then you are looking at a pro,' Pope said. 'That's the goal. That's what I told him. You'd have a pro then. You'd have an all-around linebacker with the versatility of the Brian Urlachers and the Derrick Brooks we have seen. The physical on top of physical hitters, but they can cover in space. You can use them for three or four downs. He wouldn't be coming in for certain packages anymore. Then this kid would be an every-down linebacker then. That's our goal. We are going to get him ready for that.' Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. DAWGNATION RECRUITING (the recent reads on DawgNation.com) There's a big potential development in the recruiting scope of 5-star CB Tony Grimes Kirby Smart's comments of the 2021 recruiting cycle thus far laced with empathy and uncertainty Nation's No. 1 CB prospect Tony Grimes places UGA among his top four schools BREAKING: All-American OL Dylan Fairchild has made his college decision Brock Vandagriff: How does that family feel about the JT Daniels transfer? The JT Daniels to Georgia buzz seems very real BREAKING: Elite 2022 DB Marquis Groves-Killebrew commits to UGA Who is Chaz Chambliss? Carrollton staff shares the goods on the new Bulldog commit BREAKING: Chaz Chambliss commits to Georgia football Taking a deep dive at how well Georgia has been recruiting Metro Atlanta of late Elite 2022 defensive athlete Daniel Martin already has a 'family' feel at UGA Brock Bowers: Nation's No. 3 TE knows what he needs to do before his college decision De'Jahn Warren: The 'nugget' for the nation's No. 1 JUCO prospect with UGA Decrypting that recent tweet from 5-star LB Smael Mondon Jr. Prince Kollie: The ILB target who had 1,085 yards as a receiver in 2019 Lovasea Carroll: DawgNation goes one-on-one with the 2021 RB commit The post WATCH: Georgia commit Chaz Chambliss shows he has a bright future at LB appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football players are arriving back on campus in waves, medical screening underway, with next Monday's training start date within sight. Kirby Smart, however, won't be present when the team works out. Further, NCAA rules prevent him from monitoring the players' workout results. Smart and his staff will, however, have the ability to maintain 8 hours per week of contact via virtual meetings leading into the undetermined start of football drills. The takeaway? 'Experience is probably magnified in this season, this setting, more so than ever before,' Smart said when he met with media last week on a Zoom call. 'We have obviously been shortened in terms of spring practice, in terms of meetings, in terms of summer conditioning we are already being shortened,' he said. 'So a lot of those things have shortened us, and we will have to be wise in the decisions we make.' The offense figures to be significantly more limited particularly at the onset of the season than the defense. This is because the defense returns nine of 11 starters from the Sugar Bowl starting lineup and 80 percent of the production from a 2019 unit that led the country in scoring defense and rushing defense. The offense, meanwhile, is in complete reload mode. Two-time 1,000-yard rusher D'Andre Swift has moved on along with go-to receiver Lawrence Cager and a pair of tight ends headed for NFL camps. Further, three players were drafted off the offensive line, and of course three-year starting quarterback Jake Fromm is no longer the voice in the huddle Todd Monken is the new offensive coordinator, and Matt Luke is the new offensive line coach and has heavy influence in the game-planning. Smart prefers execution over complexity. Once supervised practices take place, it will quickly become a matter of Smart and his assistants figuring out how much his players can handle. 'You can have too much offense, and too much defense, and too much special teams, and then you can have not enough,' Smart said. 'Our jobs as coaches is to try to determine what that volume is.' That's complicated by the fact that four more freshmen receivers are arriving, along with a potential freshman impact player and graduate transfer tight end. Of course, Georgia also recently added USC transfer QB JT Daniels, who's expected to appeal for immediate eligibility. Smart, with good reason, will go into fall drills with an open mind as to what the Bulldogs' offense could look like and the level of sophistication. 'To try to say have we said ok, are we only going to put 50 percent in, we are only going to put 70 percent in, we are only going to put 90 percent in,' I can't say that,' Smart said. 'That's not where we are because we don't even know the threshold or the capacity of some of our players.' Especially when it hasn't been determined who all the players are that will be on the field. 'We did not get to go through spring ball with necessarily some of the positions, especially on offense, of guys to see what they can handle,' Smart said. 'We will find out what the NCAA and the SEC are going to allow us to do leading up to the season, because right now we do not know that. 'The more they give us time wise, the more we will be able to do. The less they give us the less we will probably be able to do, but that is not something we have decided right now.' The post Why Georgia coach Kirby Smart is vague on offensive capacity, personality appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia basketball sophomore Mike Peake has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to multiple sources. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Peake was a late addition to last year's class, signing in August out of Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kans. Peake played in 24 of 32 games last season, including the final 12 contests, averaging 9 minutes per outing with 2.3 points and 2 rebounds. Peake scored a career-high 8 points in the season-opening game against Delaware State and pulled down a season-high 6 rebounds in a season high 23 minutes against South Carolina on Feb. 26. Peake's departure brings the Bulldogs' roster down to 13 scholarship players. RELATED: Georgia adds big V-Tech center, over scholarship limit Georgia added Virginia Tech graduate transfer center P.J. Horne last week. Horne, a 6-6, 225-pounder, averaged 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season. UGA Coach Tom Crean DawgNation Georgia basketball WATCH: Tom Crean opens up, tells all on UGA basketball Bulldogs upset Ole Miss in SEC tourney opener Anthony Edwards takes over final minute, UGA topples Arkansas WATCH: Georgia celebrates like crazy after Vandy win Bulldogs score resounding win over No. 13 Auburn UGA snaps four-game losing streak with Texas A&M win Perplexing loss for Georgia basketball at Missouri Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss The post Georgia basketball sophomore enters transfer portal appeared first on DawgNation.