October 21, 2007

Maryland QB discusses injury, recruiting

Dual-threat quarterback Wayne Warren was off to a fast start this season, getting it done for Salisbury (Md.) Wicomico on both sides of the ball. That all changed recently when Warren went down with a season-ending injury. What is his status going forward, and has the injury impacted his recruitment?

Before his injury Warren was completing nearly 66-percent of his passes and had rushed for more than 10 yards per carry on offense, while recording 21 tackles and two interceptions from the safety position.

"Things were going really well up until a couple of weeks ago," Warren said. "We were playing great and we still are. It was just one of those things you couldn't really help.

"I was running and went up into the air, and when I came down I hyperextended my knee. When my weight came down I ended up tearing the ACL. At first I was a little bit down, but I'm the leader of this team and I just have to keep my head up. I've got to show my teammates it doesn't really bother me. We're still trying to win a state championship and I believe we can still do it."

Warren has surgery planned in about 10 days and his rehab is scheduled to last four to five months. While such an injury may cause concern over the future, two programs have stood firmly by Warren.

"Syracuse and Pitt are really the two schools still recruiting me pretty hard," he said. "I've talked to them recently about the injury. They told me they thought it was a really tough break but it doesn't change anything.

"I still have the offer from Syracuse and I think Pitt is waiting to offer me until I take my official visit up there in late November or December. I'll take officials to both those schools before I make my decision."

Warren said Syracuse is recruiting Warren as a safety and an athlete while Pitt is recruiting him exclusively as a quarterback, hoping to build depth at a position where they have had their own injury problems.

Because of the injury Warren will also miss basketball season.

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