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New Blue: Denver Warren likely ensures dominant Michigan D-Line for years to come

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Since Greg Mattison returned to Michigan in 2011, he’s produced droves of dominant linemen. In 2020, he inherits another.

Willie Henry - 2015 Maryland - Patrick Barron

Denver Warren, a 4-star defensive tackle from West Aurora, Illinois became the third commitment to the 2020 class late Monday night. He joins Ohio receiver Kalil Branham and Michigan defensive back Andre Seldon to form the early nucleus of next year’s class.

Has anyone committed in the last five seconds?

**checks Twitter**

Finally, there’s time for a scouting report on the 6-foot-2, 318-pound junior behemoth known as “Humble Beast.”

Warren is the No. 22 defensive tackle in the 2020 class, as well as the No. 5 player in Illinois according to the 247 composite. Michigan beat out Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin for his services.

He tore onto the scene as a freshman at the 2017 Under Armour Chicago Camp, winning 247’s Alpha Dog for his 1-on-1 dominance.

Shades of Willie Henry are shown with that strength. After Jim Harbaugh focused on defensive ends in the 2018 class, Warren looks to bolster the interior one year after 4-star Mazi Smith does in 2019.

According to the team’s MaxPreps site, he recorded 46 tackles (36 solo) with 5.5 sacks in 10 games as a sophomore.

The first thing that jumps out in his highlights is his strength translating to quick-twitch athleticism.

The raw strength numbers are there, as he reports a 29-foot powerball throw, 325-pound bench press, 545-pound squat and 26 reps of 185 pounds on the bench. Combine that with a 28-inch vertical — impressive for 300-pounder — and that elite strength moves quickly in tight spaces.

He unlocks this physical potential with plus-technique. Per 247’s Jeremy Werner, he has “advanced hand-fighting abilities for a prospect entering his junior season.”

He earned positional MVP honors at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Chicago, as Woody Wommack praised his “full complement of pass rush moves.” He specified push-pulls and outside shoulder dips as particularly advanced for someone his size and age.

Push-pulls, anyone? Remember how good Ryan Glasgow did them?

Skip to 6:05 for perfect push-pull. The rest is beautiful, too.

By the way, Warren and the Glasgows all hail from Aurora.

Warren’s technical expertise combined with superior size gives him a step up on most freshman defensive linemen, portending to early playing time.

Lesser-rated linemen have thrived under Greg Mattison and Don Brown’s tutelage. Willie Henry entered as a no-name 3-star, and now plays for the Ravens. Glasgow famously started after walking on, and now enjoys rotational time for the Bengals.

Warren looks to similarly unlock his talents in Ann Arbor.

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