MISSION HILLS TROY WARNER                      SDFNL MAGAZINE  Jan 2016 

WelcometoSDFNL

AertherstphonecallImadetoRubenPeñaatSDFNL,Iwasputtowork.Myrstassignmentwasto
writeashort,maybe100200wordblurbaboutanyhighschoolfootballprospectinSanDiego.Ichoseto
writeaboutSanDiegoCounty’s#1recruit,TroyWarnerfromMissionHillsbecausehewasaplayerIwas
familiarwithhavingseentheGrizzliesplayseveralmesbefore.IfollowedthatshortWarnerwriteup
witha100200wordblurbonanothergreatplayerfromMissionHills,LB/TEJustusTe’I.Rubenlikedmy
worksoIwasaskedtointerviewthehighlyrecruited6’6”260lb.DE/TEJakeBurtonfromGraniteHills.
SDFNLwaslookingtopublishafeaturearcleonhimfortheirJulyedionofthemagazine,soIjumped
onboardrightawayandgottowork.TheinterviewwentwellmostlybecauseBurtonisaveryintelligent
kidwhotookthemetohelpmeputtogetherastoryabouthim,butalsobecauseIlovetowriteabout
sports.AertheBurtonarclewaspublished,Ihadociallybecomepartoftheprephighschoolfootball
mediainSanDiegoCounty,andI’vebeenhavingthemeofmylifeeversince.

Overthenextfewmonths,SDFNLaskedmetointerviewandwritefeaturearcleswithTerrellBurgess
(SanMarcos),SteonMcKnight(MiraMesa),andDerrickClark(MissionBay)whileIchosetointerviewand
writeaboutNateSnson(Helix)fortheOctoberedionofSDFNL.Eachplayerhastheirownuniquestory,
andeachisrankedinthetoptenofallprepfootballrecruitswithinSanDiegoCountyfortheclassof2016.
Tonishthefootballseasoninstyle,IaskedRubenandSDFNLcofounderMontellAllenifIcouldwritea
feature

arcleonTroyWarnerforourJanuaryedion.Theywerecoolwiththatideasothispast

DecemberIcontactedtheverytalentedandwellspokenWarner,andwetalkedforabout30minutesvia
phonecall.Ifeltitwasagreatopportunitytotapintothemindoftheyoungmanwhoknowsthe
recruinggameaswellasanyone,andIfeltitwasperfectmingbecauseWarnerwasleavingforBYUthis
January.ItwasgreatopportunitytosaythankyoutoTroyWarneronbehalfoftheSanMarcoscommunity
andalsoSanDiegoasawholeforconnuingtokeepSanDiegofootballinthenaonalspotlight.

ThefollowingismyinterviewwithandstoryonSanDiegoCounty’smosthighlytoutedhighschoolfootball
playerfromtheclassof2016:

SanDiegoCounty’s#1PrepFootballRecruit

TroyWarnerhasbeenfeaturedinpreymucheveryprep
footballmediaoutletinSanDiegooverthepastthree
seasons,andtheaenoniswelldeserved.Asajunior,he
wastheonlyunderclassmanonthe2014AllCIFSanDiego
SeconFirstTeamandasasophomore,WarnerhelpedMis
sionHillswinthe2013CIFSanDiegoSeconOpenDivision
Championship.Inninegamesthisseason,Warnerhadsix
touchdownsand

veinterceponsincludingapicksixin

weekseven.WhenItextedhimaskingforaninterview,
Warnergotbacktomeimmediatelyandwesetupameto
talkontheweekend.“Soundsgood!”Warnertexted.“Andno
problem,Thanksforsupporngus!!”Theoverallinterview
processwassmoothjustlikeWarner’sgameisontheeld.I
toldhimatthebeginningoftheinterviewwewantedto
makesuretorecognizehisaccomplishmentsbeforeheheads
outtoBYUandhesaid,“Cool…cool…Soundsgood!”