September 14, 2011

Film Vault: Warfield hitting his stride

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After playing a reserve role on last year's state championship team, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward defensive back Solomon Warfield is hitting his stride as he breaks into the starting lineup this fall. The 6-foot, 170-pound prospect was all over the field on Saturday night in a big win over Cardinal Mooney.



"The game was good," he said. "We started off fast. I think during the game our defense started to get slow but we picked it back up."



Warfield registered what was arguably the play of the night with a big hit over the middle on a Mooney receiver.



"It was a little pop pass," Warfield explained. "I just saw it out of the corner of my eye and I just came up and made the hit."



Warfield's nose for the football carried over to special teams where he made quite a few stops on kick coverage.



"Special teams is a culture at St. Ed's," he said. "We take it very seriously and everybody that's on special teams has got to make plays."



Without any film out, the recruiting process hasn't yet taken off for Warfield but that should change by this winter as schools start to get their first looks at Warfield in pads. Early on, three programs stand out for the versatile defensive back.



"Right now I really like Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Notre Dame," he said.



On Wisconsin - "Their defense is nice. I was watching them and their corners are amazing, it would be nice to be a part of that."



On Ohio State - "I grew up in Ohio always watching Ohio State. I always dreamed of playing there."



Notre Dame - "It's just a culture at Notre Dame. Also, they're like a brother school to my high school."



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We got a good look at Warfield at Ohio State's two-day underclassmen camp back in June and during that time he showed the ability to cover and turn and run with quicker receivers. Being able to see him in pads playing free safety just added another dimension to what Warfield can do at the next level.



From his free safety position he really covers a lot of ground and has a nose for the football. He flows well to the ball and once he makes a decision, he gets where he's going in a hurry. Another thing that was extremely impressive about Warfield is that despite only checking in at about 170-pounds he really packs a punch. His hit in the video clip above shows his willingness to come up and make big hits and he had a few big hits throughout the game on Saturday.



I really wanted to see Warfield make the transition from what I saw in a camp-setting over the summer to doing it in the fall in full pads and he certainly showed on Saturday that he's not just a camp warrior. Look for Warfield to land some BCS offers after his junior film gets out.







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