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Darion Green-Warren’s path to Michigan, outlook for 2021 season

The sophomore defensive back will look to crack the lineup.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Michigan Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines are full-steam ahead in preparing for the 2021 football season, which includes a hard reset on the defensive side of the ball. The cornerbacks will be affected by this with everyone on the roster getting a fresh start ahead of this season.

One player to keep an eye on is sophomore defensive back Darion Green-Warren, as he might have a track to crack the two-deep depth chart when the season starts.

Here is a look at his Michigan career so far and his potential outlook for this season.

The story so far

Green-Warren was a four-star recruit, 184th overall player and 14th-best cornerback in the country in the 2020 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite Ranking. The Torrance, California native started on a pair of state championship teams at Santa Ana Mater Dei before transferring to Norbone High School as a senior. He had five career interceptions and 18 pass breakups in his varsity career.

Green-Warren did not make it to campus until last summer in the middle of the pandemic. That, along with an altered and weird camp schedule, set him and his peers in the 2020 class back a bit in terms of developing early roles. As a result, he did not see any game action last season.

Outlook for 2021

Green-Warren, like Andre Seldon, is a sophomore that Michigan is hoping can take a leap this season after a normal spring and fall program. Vincent Gray, Gemon Green and DJ Turner project to fill out the top three spots on the depth chart, but there is a lot of fluidity to this position group after that. Green-Warren, Seldon and true freshman Ja’Den McBurrows could be next in line for opportunities.

Green-Warren’s high school film showed a player that was a nice combination of size and play speed, along with a willingness to tackle. Michigan’s cornerback depth is a concern, but that could be alleviated pretty quickly by someone like DGW breaking out in 2021.