Notre Dame offer part of fruitful day for 2016 CB Troy Warner

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Troy Warner woke up Wednesday with just two Division I football scholarship offers. Before he went to bed that night, he added three more.

He was walking the halls of Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, Calif., when he learned that Notre Dame was on the phone.

“I was on my way to class and my head coach called me up and asked me to go to his office,” Warner said. “I did and on the phone was (assistant coach) Bob Elliott of Notre Dame. He extended me the offer then.”

It was the beginning of a fruitful day for Warner, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior prospect. Later that night Warner received offers from Utah and Washington State. By Friday afternoon, his offer total had reached seven.

Warner credits the recent recruiting explosion to strong performances on the seven-on-seven circuit and a junior season that earned him first-team honors on the All-San Diego Section team. Warner intercepted eight passes at cornerback and also spent time playing wide receiver.

247Sports slates Warner as a four-star prospect, the No. 5 cornerback and No. 92 regardless of position in the 2016 class. Rivals rates him as a three-star recruit and 25th at cornerback.

"Colleges tell me I'm really lanky, athletic and that I have really good ball skills,” Warner said. “They tell me I'm able to cover a lot of the field. I could be versatile too and play safety if they needed me to.”

Warner learned how to handle the recruiting process from watching his brother, Fred, wade through his options and sign with BYU. The Cougars also offered Troy Warner, but he plans on taking his time before he makes a decision. The offer from Notre Dame could indicate his recruitment will stretch beyond the West Coast schools that have already offered him.

"I'm going to have to take some visits and definitely one to Notre Dame,” Warner said. “Ultimately, the overall environment and how well I fit in will play a big role. If I'm able to go in and contribute right away, that will be a big one too."

Communication through Elliott, who will reportedly be taking an off-the-field role at Notre Dame, has kept the Irish as a legitimate contender. That shouldn’t change when his Notre Dame recruitment is led by a full-time assistant on the 2015 staff.

"I think really highly of Notre Dame,” Warner said. “It's a really big-time school. They're one of the top schools for not only education but football as well. I was really excited and humbled when I got the offer."

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Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly talks to the media about the 2014 football recruiting class. (SBT Photo/SANTIAGO FLORES)