The light at the end of the tunnel was growing brighter for Chris Warren but an ACC school and a SEC program made a couple of phone calls and set up a pair of official visits. Now the 5-foot-11, 160-pound point guard from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., is only half way done with his recruitment.
Warren, a three-star prospect, was considering offers from some of the top mid-major programs in the country, most notably Old Dominion and Virginia Commonwealth.
Enter NC State and Ole Miss. As soon as NC State found out Chris Wright was headed to Georgetown, the Wolfpack became involved with the Sunshine State guard. The two schools have jumped into the mix in the last two weeks. Warren said that has flipped his recruitment around.
"It changed things. I thought I was at the end of my recruitment," Warren said. "Then two good schools in two good conferences come in. I mean, I have to look at them. That made everything different. I'm glad they came in."
Warren has already visited Virginia Commonwealth and Old Dominion. Over the next two weekends, he will visit NC State and Ole Miss. On Friday, he trips to Raleigh, N.C. to see Sidney Lowe's program up close and personal.
With the new interest from the high-majors, Warren said he still wants to think things through before jumping to a decision.
"I'm looking at all four of them. Hopefully after I take these next two visits, I'll be able to decide sometime after that," Warren said. "The separating factors will be the people and the visits."
Warren was one of the top performers from last weekend's Battle for the Rankings camp in Orlando. He was named to the senior all-star game.