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Warford takes talents to Black Hills State


Ever since a December visit, Fresno City College offensive lineman and Mission Oak graduate Darian Warford knew Black Hills State University was the place for him.

Warford signed a letter of intent to play for the Division II school located in Spearfish, S.D.

He may have even been sold even before he stepped foot on campus.

“The moment you step off the plane, you’re hit with fresh air, snow and beautiful scenery,” Warford recollected. “ … this has all been new to me, but I’ve been enjoying my new surroundings.”

Warford enjoyed a strong bond with his fellow offensive linemen since his days at Mission Oak and through his time at FCC. That was an aspect he was looking for in a school to continue his playing career.

“During my visit, I really got to know the O-line guys and a lot of my future teammates,” Warford said. “One thing I instantly noticed was that they were a family.”

After graduating high school, Warford embraced the added responsibility of playing college football.

“You need to dedicate more time to making yourself better at your position, but it feels like you’re at your dream job and it’s a blast,” Warford said. “The competition is great and that alone makes you want to work so much harder.”

He also appreciated the training and guidance he received playing for the Rams.

“Junior college football instilled toughness into me so I really look forward to bringing that to the field for the Yellow Jackets,” Warford added.

Warford is now determined to make this most of this opportunity.

“I was fortunate to earn a scholarship so that alone makes me want to be the best I can be because I want to show the coaches that they brought in the guy for the job,” Warford said.

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