April 6th, 2006
by Matt Sams, Senior Staff Writer
Today the Collegiate Times profiles Beau Warren, a three-star offensive lineman from Clifton, Virginia in part seven of a look at Virginia Tech's top football recruits.
For offensive lineman Beau Warren, there was never really any question about where he would play his college football.
In fact, when Warren arrives in Blacksburg this fall, it will have been a full year since he verbally committed to Tech on Aug. 5, 2005 -- a timeline rarely seen these days, as big-time college football recruits often back out of verbal commitments.
He was rated the No. 23 player in Virginia and the No. 55 offensive guard in the country by rivals.com, the No. 73 offensive lineman in the country by scout.com, the No. 23 player in Virginia by "The Roanoke Times," and the No. 20 player in the state by "SuperPrep."
Although he was offered scholarships by other Bowl Championship Series conference schools such as Vanderbilt (Southeastern) and Syracuse (Big East), Warren said there were many factors that played a part in his decision to sign with Virginia Tech.
"I love the atmosphere; Tech has great academics and an awesome campus that isn't too urban," Warren said. "Plus, (former assistant coach) Lorenzo Ward helped me become familiar with the coaching staff and the facilities at Tech. I also have a lot of friends from home who are going to Tech in the fall."
Interestingly enough, Warren failed to mention another factor that may have played a major role in his decision to attend Virginia Tech -- that his two older brothers are also involved with the Hokie football program. In fact, redshirt-senior Blake Warren will graduate from Tech this spring after playing four seasons at whip linebacker, while junior Brett Warren will enter his third season at middle linebacker in the 2006 campaign.
When asked about the obvious family ties at Tech, Beau was reluctant to say that the elder Warrens influenced his decision to sign with the Hokies.
"As much as I don’t want to admit it, they both probably played a part in my decision," Warren said. "I've been coming down to watch them play for a long time, so I guess they helped me see more of the campus and become used to the program."
Jim Cavanaugh, Tech's recruiting coordinator, agrees that the family history may have played a role in Warren's decision, but he feels it was not the decisive factor.
"I think Blake and Brett playing here had a helluva lot do with Beau committing, because it allowed him to become more acquainted with the program," Cavanaugh said. "But at the same time, those guys are pretty independent and they're gonna let each other make up their own minds."
Although only three years separate Brett and Beau, the two have never had the chance to play against each other in high school because Beau played on the freshman team when Brett was a senior. And after speaking with the Warrens, it seems clear that brotherly love will be hard to find on the Tech practice field.
"Not many people have the chance to play with a sibling, and I'm lucky enough to play with both of mine," Brett said with a smile. "I never got to line up against Blake because we were both on defense; so I guess I'll just have to put Beau in his place."
The three Warren boys aren't the only members of the family who are familiar with the pigskin, their father Donnie Warren played tight end for the Washington Redskins from 1979-1992 and still ranks among the franchise's career reception leaders.
Speed and Size
Without question, the senior from Clifton, Virginia had an impressive final campaign at Centreville High School. According to Centreville High School head coach Mike Skinner, Beau's natural talents warranted his honors.
"Beau is tough as nails, both physically and mentally," said Skinner. "He has a great work ethic, but his biggest strengths are his speed and level of athleticism for his size. He weighs about 260 pounds, is 6'4", and runs a 4.9 second 40-yard dash."
From a recruiting standpoint, it was this combination of speed and size that caught Cavanaugh and the rest of the Tech coaching staff's attention. However, Cavanaugh suggests that Warren's ability to run may force a move to the tight end position in the future.
"Beau runs well and he has very good hands for someone his size," Cavanaugh said. "To be an offensive lineman, he'll have to add some weight; but at this point, he has the potential to go either way based upon his skills and whatever needs we may have at either position."
With hints of a position change, one might expect Warren to be anxious about his arrival in Blacksburg. However, it seems that Beau is no ordinary case. In fact, the first-team AAA all-state selection appears prepared to take on whatever challenge the Tech coaching staff throws at him.
"I really don’t have a preference about where I play, as long as I can get on the field," Warren stated. "I played lacrosse for two years in high school, and that really improved my coordination, footwork, and endurance. So I think I can play either position."
Ready to Arrive
As Beau Warren awaits his move to Blacksburg, he is spending his final high school semester throwing the discus and shot-put for the Centreville track team. But by no means does his temporary move to tossing metal around mean that he is tossing precious training time away.
"The discus and shot-put are ok," Warren said. "But I've also been doing a lot of lifting, sprinting, and agility work to prepare for football."
While his training will grind out through the summer, Warren hopes for the end of the summer to arrive very soon. Like any high school senior who is anxious to move on, Beau looks forward to a new environment and new people.
"I've been living in this same place for 17 years, so I'm ready to be in a new place for a while," Warren said. "Meeting new people should be fun, too."
Meanwhile, in Blacksburg, fans await the arrival of the newest class of Hokie football players. It figures that one will be a Warren.