2020 4-star cornerback Darion Green-Warren has chosen the Sooners over offers from USC, Arizona, Ole Miss and Wisconsin. Per 247Sports, Green-Warren is the 83rd ranked player in the country, and 9th ranked CB for the 2020 class.
The sophomore out of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, CA emerged as a top defensive prospect in the class this year. His combination of size and speed made him a force in the state champion Monarchs’ secondary. Green-Warren, who stands 6’0″, 175, posted 29 tackles and grabbed two interceptions in his sophomore campaign.
Green-Warren’s play making ability is clear on film. He shows a quick first step when jumping routes, the intelligence to read plays in the backfield and the speed to run with deep threats. Perhaps most exciting for Sooner fans, the 4-star commit is a sure tackler in space – of his 29 recorded tackles in 2017, 25 were solo efforts.
Oklahoma became the favorite to land the elite prospect following his unofficial visit to Norman in April. According to TFB, Green-Warren and his family were blown away by the facilities, and by how they were treated by coach Lincoln Riley and the team. A key factor in the decision likely was Bookie Radley-Hiles, who was involved in that April visit, as Green-Warren’s father cited Bookie as a mentor and training partner for his son. When the Sooners’ extended an official offer in late May, it was clear momentum was in their favor.
That momentum continued to build with the success Riley and his staff had in very publicly locking up an elite 2019 class, ensuring Oklahoma is at least in the conversation for years to come. A final factor in the decision was that Green-Warren’s roots are in Oklahoma, and he grew up a Sooner fan.
Add the pieces together – the chance to play with your mentor at a perennial national championship contender, which also happens to be your childhood team – and its obvious that the Sooners would be tough to beat out for this blue chip defender.
Oklahoma’s 2020 class grew to four with Green-Warren’s commitment, with running back Jase McClellan, athlete Drew Sanders and running back Jaylan Knighton already committed. Each of the three existing commits are considered 4-star or above, giving Oklahoma 2020’s 4th ranked recruiting class. That ranking should improve with this commitment, and as Lincoln Riley continues on his eye-emoji fueled rampage through the recruiting world.