Eastern Shore Dual-threat QB on Terps' Radar

Eastern Shore Dual-threat QB on Terps' Radar

Maryland's Eastern Shore is more known for its seafood and beaches than pumping out football prospects. But recruiters have a reason to cross the Bay this year, as Salisbury is home to one of the states best athletes in Wicomico High quarterback Wayne Warren.


The 6-foot-1, 202-pound signal caller has three offers—Stanford, Syracuse and Auburn—but could have more if he were able to make it to camps this summer. Instead Warren has spent his time working out and preparing for his senior season.

"He's still busy honing in on his skills, that's about it," said David Nettles, Warren's coach at Wicomico. "Making it to the camps is going to be a whole different subject. It depends on what camps he can afford to make. Unfortunately money just doesn't run from trees."

Warren's latest offer came from Auburn at the beginning of June. Without visiting camps, Warren has had to rely on his game tape to impress college coaches. While some schools have said they want to see him in person before offering, game tape was enough for the Auburn staff to tender an offer.

"One day I was outside running sprints and working out in the weight room and Coach Nettles got a call from Auburn and they talked to me for a little bit and then they offered," Warren said. "Auburn has a great program. I'm loving that offer right now."

The Tigers have had success recently recruiting the Eastern Shore, landing blue-chip running back Ben Tate out of Snow Hill High in 2006. Tate saw action as a freshman and will be one of Auburn's featured backs this season.

"I grew up with him. I played football with him in the Pop Warner league," Warren said on Tate. "Our two high school teams are rivals, so he's always been a rival, but I know him."

One school that wants to see Warren throw in person before offering is Maryland. He was unable to make it to the Terps' summer camp, but with top quarterback targets E.J. Manuel and Mike Glennon coming off the board recently, the Maryland staff may turn up the heat on Warren.

"Their coach came down and visited me before school ended and they talked to me about how I was in the top five of quarterbacks they were recruiting," Warren said.

"And their thing is they like seeing their prospects before they actually offer, so that might be another key part of why they haven't offered me yet."
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everal other schools are recruiting him, including Rutgers, Connecticut and Iowa, but Nettles said they won't be able to camp at all of them. Rutgers and Syracuse are recruiting Warren as an athlete while the other schools want him at quarterback.

One school, according to Nettles, stands out for Warren.

"It would appear that he's leaning towards Stanford. He loves that offer. He's done his research and homework on that one and that's the one he likes a lot," Nettles said.

However, since Warren was unable to make it to camp there, he is not sure where he stands among the other quarterbacks Stanford is recruiting and said he has not heard from the coaching staff that much recently.

"I'm favoring them a little bit but I'm just pretty open to everyone right now," he said.

Warren wants to make a decision mid-season at the latest, but Nettles said there are some things they need to see before Warren can pull the trigger.

"We're not going to stress out over that until the season," Nettles said. If he gets over there and sees Stanford before then, then maybe. But it's hard to make that decision on Internet pictures."

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