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February 28, 2012
2013 defensive back prospect Solomon Warfield had a reason to be a little excited Tuesday afternoon. That's when one of Arizona's latest recruits picked up an offer from the Wildcats.
"Well I went down there for a combine and I sent my highlight tape," Warfield said. "I didn't know if anybody got it or if anybody was interested because I never heard from any of the coaches. Then today I was riding home after dropping off my brother and my coach called and told me to call the Arizona coach (Tony Gibson).
"So I called and he said he wanted to offer me, he liked my film, so he offered me. It's really exciting. I was like, 'Man, that's crazy.' So it's been really sweet."
Overall Warfield has three offers after picking one up from Toledo over the weekend as well. The Cleveland (Ohio) St. Edward prospect also holds a previous offer from Bowling Green.
Landing an offer from a BCS conference was a big deal to the 6-foot, 170-pound recruit.
"It means a lot," Warfield said. "This is my first big offer, so it's really, really exciting. I told my parents and they're really excited as well."
One thing that was surprising about the offer to Warfield is that he said he really hadn't heard too much from the Wildcats' coaching staff before Monday's offer.
"This was my first time actually talking to one of the coaches," Warfield said. "I've talked to them on Facebook, but this was the first time I've talked to them on the phone."
Because his talks have with the 'Cats have been so limited thus far, Warfield said he hasn't quite had the chance to discuss his possible role with the program. He has played cornerback for most of his career, but last season Warfield played safety for St. Edward.
"We haven't got that far yet," Warfield said. "He just said that he saw my film and he liked it, so that's basically what we got."
Even though he hasn't quite had a chance to specify which position he would play in Jeff Casteel's defense, Warfield has an idea of where he would like to play on the field at the next level.
"Well I want to go to college to play corner, but some colleges are recruiting me to play safety," he said. "I love covering people one-on-one, and I also love running after the ball, knocking the ball down and hitting people. That' s my favorite thing to do - hit people.
"So just hitting and one-on-one's"
Warfield was one of the junior competitors at the Proving Ground National Combine that took place in Phoenix, Ariz., the same week as the inaugural Semper Fidelis Bowl. It was at that time - in early January - that he tried to make an unofficial visit to Tucson, but things just didn't work out. But he hopes to make it back for a trip at some point.
"I'm definitely going to stay in contact with the coaches," Warfield said. "Me and my dad just got back from Arizona for the Proving Grounds Combine in January, so we went to go down and visit the Arizona campus but we didn't have a ride down there. But I'm definitely going to stay in contact with the coaches and keep learning more about the campus, because I want to go down and visit."
With his offer from UA being his first from a major program, Warfield said that he wants to wait things out to see where his recruitment goes from here. So a decision from the defensive back prospect might still be a while away.
"I really don't think I want to make a decision until my senior year, probably at the end of football season," Warfield said. "If there's a school that I really, really like then I might make a decision sooner, but I just want to wait to see what happens."
Although Warfield will likely not have his decision made for some time, there are a few things that he wants to see in an eventual destination. And despite being from Ohio, he said that moving away from his home for four or five years isn't out of the question.
"Distance is really not a factor at all," Warfield said. "I just want a place where I can fit in, know I can play, really like the coaching staff, really like the team, really like the scheme that they're running and just everything about the school. So those are the main things that are going to help me make my decision."
Michigan is another program that Warfield has been hearing from, but that hasn't turned into an offer yet. However at this point, he is just excited and enjoying his offer from Rich Rodriguez's program.
GOAZCATS.com Senior Recruiting Editor
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