February 2, 2007
Army Bowl coach thrilled with Warren's decision
When Jon Mack arrived at St. Bonaventure High School this morning, one of his athletes, four-star U-M commitment Michael Williams, was ecstatic. Did Mack hear, Williams asked, that Long Beach Poly five-star cornerback Donovan Warren had verballed to the Wolverines last night? Mack, who coached Warren at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, was thrilled
"To have someone else from Southern California who can travel with Michael for Christmas break or over the summer - to have someone he already knows and really likes is just really welcome news," Mack said. "The two of them got along so well down in San Antonio at the All-American Bowl. They worked out together, practiced together and they played in the same defensive backfield. Their personalities just mesh and I think both of those kids are really going to benefit at Michigan because they have each other."
Even in the heart of Trojan country, Warren's announcement is being celebrated Mack said.
"Make no mistake, the Long Beach community is happy for him, just as the Ventura community is happy for Michael," he said. "Southern California is excited for these kids because they're good kids and they handled their entire recruitments with class and integrity. I guarantee you there are people here who will be rooting for Michigan for the next four years."
Mack had an interesting opportunity to get to know Warren on a personal level at the U.S. Army game, and had the chance to see what kind of player he is and can be in the future for U-M. With his voice elevating, Mack said he was more than impressed.
"As you know, in that game the corners have to play man coverage and they get very little help from the safeties. I thought Donovan's man coverage was exceptional all week in practice and then he was even better in the game - he was probably the best cover guy there all week," Mack said. "What I really liked about him, though, was his practice habits. He was a warrior, very coachable and worked extremely hard. He's already very talented but with his work ethic he will get even better at Michigan."
Mack didn't want to hypothesize whether Warren or Williams would play right away in the secondary for Michigan, noting through discussions with defensive coordinator Ron English that the Maize and Blue have talent already in place. However, he feels both kids will one day make a very positive impact.
"The thing about both of them is they are extremely talented physically, but they're maybe even more put together mentally," he said. "It takes a special kid to have the awareness back there and to be in the right place at the right time. I've always though Michael had those abilities and when I spent time with Donovan he quickly showed that he has everything it takes to be a great cornerback."
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