FARRAGUT, Tenn. – Tennessee’s tight end of the future can be found in nearby Farragut, located just a short drive away from the school’s campus in Knoxville. It’s there where three-star prospect Jacob Warren plays, with offers from Oregon, South Carolina, Auburn and others.
But he wanted to stay close to home and keep the family tradition going, and that’s why he’s ultimately committed to the Volunteers over all else.
“I’m right down the street. I’m a local kid,” Warren said. “My dad (James Warren) went to Tennessee, so it is kind of like a whole legacy thing with my dad playing there. It has been a dream of mine since I’ve been a kid to go and be a part of the Vols and run through that ‘T’ on Saturdays.
“I think about it all the time. I think about it anytime I see that Power T or talk about it with my friends, I get butterflies in my stomach and know it is gonna be the greatest experience ever. Running through that ‘T’ with Rocky Top playing and just everybody screaming and my family around me. It’s just been a dream. I’m glad to make it come true.”
Warren, though, who pledged to Tennessee on May 24, is making sure to keep things in perspective, which even includes continuing to work to improve as a player.
“He realizes he has an opportunity most guys in high school don’t get and that’s being recruited by your favorite team, the University of Tennessee,” said Eddie Courtney, Warren’s coach at Farragut High School. “He knew he had a great opportunity and wasn’t going to do anything to squander that.
“But at the same time, he knew that he had to get better. All those things are still out there on the table to be better to be able to play college football.”
Listed at 6-foot-6 and 211 pounds, Warren already has good size, and he’ll bulk up a bit more to play at the SEC level.
“Just being a versatile guy, just being able to catch the ball and block and run with the ball and just be able to do everything that a good tight end can do,” Warren said. “Just getting bigger, stronger, getting up to maybe like 245, 250 (pounds), where I can still run and be physical and take hits. Catch balls across the middle, get out on the perimeter and also be able to block and contribute to the running game.”
According to 247Sports Composite, Warren is among the top 30 tight ends in the nation and top 20 overall prospects in Tennessee.
Last season, he had 29 catches for 479 yards and nine touchdowns, including one in Farragut’s Class 5A state victory last December – its first in school history.
“Off the field, you can’t ask for somebody much better,” Courtney said. “He’s a first class act. His teammates love him to death because he is a guy that cares about everybody. All this recruiting attention and he kept it all in perspective. And just the way his parents brought him up. He’s a class guy, very active in his church and all those things.
“And as a football player, God has blessed him with height and hand radius to catch the football. He’s become a physical football player just through working in the weight room, so with all the tools he’s got right now, I can see why everyone is interested in him being a football player at the next level.”
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