The #fUTure19 movement added strength to the defensive line when Myron Warren signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to join the Texas Longhorns program, a month to the date that he gave a strong verbal to the Texas staff.
Warren, a 6’3, 240-pound strong side defensive end, is a three-star prospect from Louisiana who committed to head coach Tom Herman and the Longhorns back in November.
The hard commitment came at the end of last month, after Warren’s visit to Austin was enough to secure his pledge and, most importantly, persuade the three-star talent to put ink to paper this morning,
With today’s signing, Warren eliminated the chance of LSU swooping in an flipping Warren to the Tigers, the Longhorns opponent in Week Three of the 2019 season.
Warren is currently ranked as the No. 447 player nationally and the No. 31 strong-side defensive end, as well as the No. 21 player overall in the state of Louisiana, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
According to the video, Warren had 85 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks during a monster senior season that could vault him into the ranks of four-star prospects.
In it, Warrens shows off his ability as a speed rusher from the edge and as a run-stopping force. He displays excellent quickness off the ball and strong overall athleticism, including change-of-direction ability. Capable of overwhelming opponents physically, there’s a nastiness to Warren’s game that is aided by his strong motor — just look at how he finishes nearly every tackle with the maximum amount of force.
The question with Warren is how quickly he can translate his game from 2A Louisiana high school football to playing against high-level college athletes. There will definitely be a major jump, as the quality of his competition does not appear strong.
However, many athletes from Louisiana, especially from smaller schools, have plenty of untapped physical upside when they arrive on campus. Warren fits that mold — he’s the defensive end version of 2016 signee Malcolm Roach, who played linebacker at Madison Prep in Baton Rouge.
So, if it was hard to feel excited about Warren when he pledged due to the lack of film on him, Texas fans now have more insight into a player who could eventually replace Roach in the starting lineup. And the insights are heartening.
With the addition of Warren, the Longhorns will have a viable replacement option and added depth at a position where Texas will need someone to fill holes on the defensive line. Warren will be among a handful of defensive lineman who could potentially replace departing senior defensive ends Charles Omenihu, who tallied 16 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks during the 2018 regular season, and Breckyn Hager, who compiled 31 tackles, 7.5 of those for loss, and 2.5 sacks.