Missouri defender T.J. Warren confirmed he will transfer from the Tigers’ program late Monday night, ending speculation that he would be on the move.
He announced the decision on Twitter
— T.J. Warren #⃣2️⃣ (@savage_teejayy) March 6, 2018
“After a long process of praying and talking to mom,” Warren wrote,”I have decided to transfer from the University of Missouri. I would always love the people and make connections with some important people. I will always love the brothers I made here over the years. I will definitely miss running on Faurot Field.
“The fans are amazing and I was truly bless to play in front of them. I will always have a place in my heart for the Missouri Tigers.”
The announcement does not come as a huge surprise — his transfer was first reported by Rivals’ Gabe DeArmond on Feb. 20.
The redshirt junior played sparingly in two active seasons with the Tigers, and switched from cornerback to linebacker before the 2017 season. In 12 career games, Warren has 35 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 interception.
Warren was slated to be comfortably on the two deep at outside linebacker for Mizzou in 2018, so his transfer is a hit to the Tigers’ defensive depth.
Missouri did sign several linebackers in its 2018 recruiting class, including early enrollee Gerald Nathan Jr. 3-star linebacker Chad Bailey will also be available this fall, and he was one of the Tigers’ most highly-touted commits this cycle.
Mizzou’s linebacker situation will be important to keep an eye on throughout spring ball. The annual spring game is scheduled for April 14.