July 4, 2011

Warfield impressive at camp

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The defensive backs stole the show last week at Ohio State's camps, particularly at the two-day underclassmen camp. One of the top performers of the weekend was Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward corner Solomon Warfield. The 6-foot, 170-pound prospect impressed in both drills and one-on-one's throughout the camp and has now set himself up as a player to watch in Ohio's 2013 class.

"I think I did alright," said a humble Warfield of his performance. "I could always do better though. The competition was really good. The receivers were good but there were also a lot of upcoming class of 2013 defensive backs, too."

Warfield's performance adds him to a rapidly growing list of outstanding defensive backs in Ohio's 2013 class. Warfield says he already knows many of the other prospects and is particularly close with two from his area of the state.

"Me and Ross (Douglas) are real good friends," Warfield explained. "Me and Darian (Hicks) are good friends too, I ran AAU track with Darian."

As a sophomore on a loaded St. Ed's team, Warfield excelled on special teams and also played a reserve role in the secondary. After losing 30 seniors, St. Ed's is still primed for a big run this year but much more will be expected out of Warfield and he's ready for the challenge.

"I just want to be better than I was last year of course," Warfield said. "I want to see if we can do it again (another state title). I think my strength is my open field covering and one-on-one ability. I'm working on my closing speed but other than that I'll be alright."

Warfield is just the latest in a long line of talent that has been produced at St. Ed's. Recently, even more talent has been coming out of the program than usual with numerous seniors holding BCS offers. Playing around players of that caliber is something that Warfield says has been extremely beneficial.

"All of those guys are getting looked at by everybody so the scouts are going to be where they go," he explained. "Anybody who goes out there and plays well is going to get looked at. We have some great leaders on our team too so they show me some leadership skills that I can take with me when they leave."

With Warfield's playing time limited last year and Ohio State being the only camp he attended, recruiting has yet to take off. Still, Warfield has heard from a handful of programs already.

"I don't have any offers yet but I've talked to a few coaches and have got some letters and things," he explained. "Notre Dame, UCLA, Ohio State, West Virginia, Michigan State, and Yale (have all shown interest)."

Growing up in Northeast Ohio, it comes as little surprise that Warfield holds Ohio State in high regard. The Buckeyes are one of two schools that Warfield says he grew up following.

"Ohio State," Warfield replied, when asked if he had any favorite schools. "It's just the Buckeyes. Just with coach Tressel and everything he did there, it's always been Ohio State and Florida, I've just always liked those teams. With Florida it's just a speed thing, I love speed."


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