February 28, 2013

Missouri Offers Blue Springs RB Dalvin Warmack

Dalvin Warmack knew this was coming.

"My coach kind of warned me before the season even started," Warmack said, "that if I live up to my potential this season, I'd have a lot of attention and I'd just have to handle it the right way."

Apparently, this 5-foot-9 sparkplug of a running back from Blue Springs High School (Mo.) had all sorts of potential. He averaged an astounding nine yards per carry as a junior, rushing for 2,281 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior. The Wildcats won a state title. Warmack earned the Gatorade Player of the Year award as Missouri's top high school football player.

Potential reached: Toledo and Kansas State both offered him a scholarship.

Then, on Thursday, another school came calling.

"My head coach, Kelly Donahoe, told me to call Coach [Andy] Hill, because he wanted to talk to me," Warmack said. "Kind of the way he said it to me… I knew."

Warmack's intuition was spot on. As he'd predicted, his phone conversation with Hill resulted in another scholarship offer to play for Missouri. Hill also invited him to visit Columbia and meet the team in April, since he's not able to make the Tigers' Junior Day.

"Being in Missouri and getting offers from the school everybody knows about, that was pretty exciting," Warmack said.

Funny thing is, Warmack wasn't born in this state. He was actually born in Topeka, Ks., but he moved to Missouri in sixth grade.

After his award-winning junior season, Blue Springs High School is certainly glad he did. To put Warmack's Gatorade Player of the Year honors in perspective, consider that MU's Dorial Green-Beckham won the award in 2011.

Warmack said he plans to make a decision sometime late this summer before his senior season begins. He may not have technically been born in the state of Missouri, but he's kept a close eye on MU's running backs lately. Kendial Lawrence had a productive career at 5-foot-9 in Missouri's backfield, and Henry Josey stands at about 5-foot-10.

That makes Warmack feel comfortable with the idea of playing in the Tigers' offense.

"They run the ball, and they've had 1,000-yard rushers for probably the last 9 or 10 years," Warmack said. "Kendial Lawrence and Henry Josey… they guys are close to 5-foot-9, 190… so I kind of feel like the offense caters a little bit toward someone of my skill set."

Of course, if he can run for 2,000 yards and 40 touchdowns at the college level, any offense would find a way to cater to him.

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