Texas' National Signing Day just got a little better, as it secured the commitment of 4-star running back Chris Warren.
William Wilkerson of Texas.Scout.com has the news:
Warren's junior season ended prematurely when he suffered an ACL injury, but he bounced back with a vengeance in 2014. Leading Rockwell High School (Rockwall, Texas) to a 12-1 overall record, he amassed 2,329 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns.
“I just couldn’t be prouder of him,” coach Rodney Webb said, via The Dallas Morning News' Matt Wixon. “The kid has worked so hard to get back to full-go. Just seeing his success, I couldn’t be happier for him.”
His standout season helped him shoot up 247Sports' composite rankings, where he now stands as the No. 77 overall prospect and eighth-best running back.
What immediately stands out is Warren's size. At 6'2" and 235 pounds, he is an absolute load to take down. But while he has no problem doling out punishment and working in between the tackles, he shouldn't be mistaken for a plodder. He is a natural athlete with an explosive burst and very good balance.
Warren struggled to make an impact at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, but that's hardly indicative of the unique skill-set he brings to the table.
Although he may not make an impact right away, this serves as an important signing for Charlie Strong and his staff.