1996 Bobby Dodd National Lineman of the Year
David Warren, John Tyler High School (Tyler, Texas). DT 6’3″ 230 lbs.
As a sophomore in 1994, he played for the John Tyler High School Lions team under coach Allen Wilson, which went 16–0 and won the 5A Division II state championship in Texas. The championship run included a legendary regional semifinal game between John Tyler High School and Plano East Senior High School, in which he caught one touchdown pass on offense and scored another touchdown on defense on a fumble recovery. For the season, Warren registered 124 tackles and six sacks.
In his junior year, Warren piled up 126 tackles with 18 sacks and four blocked punts.
In 1996 while still attending John Tyler High School, he was named USA Today High School Defensive Player of the Year. He recorded 106 tackles and 8.5 sacks despite constant double and triple teaming during senior campaign. He also won district in the 200-meter dash while in high school.
Recruited by virtually every school in the nation, Warren decided to play for the Florida State Seminoles under Coach Bobby Bowden.