HRA lineman Seven Warren (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Balance of Power: Menchville is ramping up their defense with the addition of DT Seven Warren from Hampton Roads Academy
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Menchville has had a rough go of it over the last handful of seasons and it only got worse at the conclusion of last season with the departure of longtime head coach Ray Savage. However, the upside was that the Monarchs were able to find a tremendous replacement in Rodney Taylor and still held considerable talent that would allow them to be competitive this upcoming season. Seth and Koa Naotala leaving for Woodside put a slight dent in the Monarchs plans on the defensive side of the ball before the start of the summer, but Menchville may be able to make up for its loss.
Hampton Roads Academy starting defensive lineman Seven Warren (2022 DL 6-3 310) finished his freshman year as one of the most fearsome lineman of the 2022 football class. He capped off the season with 71 tackles and three sacks, but mentioned in late May that his time with HRA could soon be coming to an end. That time came this week as Warren announced that he plans to spend his sophomore season under Coach Taylor and the Monarchs.
“I really like what they’re doing,” Warren told recruit757. “Coach Taylor came in with his new coaching staff and changed my whole perspective on the Monarchs. They’re in the rebuilding process with this new coaching staff and I like what we have the potential to become.”
Expect many changes with the Monarchs roster heading into the upcoming football season especially with the departure of starting quarterback Kajika Sarvis and James Norfleet. However, prospects such as Anthony Santiago and Geo Hales combined with Seven Warren gives Menchville a solid foundation on multiple levels as well as both sides of the ball. Relationships are already forming with Warren and the rest of the Monarchs with Hales being one of particular interest.
“When I first got there all of the guys automatically became my brothers even before I eventually made Menchville my home,” Warren explained. “Geo and I have been friends since middle school so we had a relationship for awhile. He helped me come up with the final decision to transfer. Hopefully we can come together and chock the PD. He’s one of the best running backs in the area.”
In the meantime, Warren has continued to further his exposure with the camp season drawing to a conclusion. The Menchville product made his was out to William and Mary on Thursday morning and got a chance to show the coaching staff why he was named a 2018 Max Preps Freshman All-American this past season.
“I never looked at William and Mary the way Coach Mike London, Jr. made me see it today,” Warren stated. “Academics are a lifestyle there and they’re not bad at football either. It was an amazing visit. We couldn’t talk too much because of the dead period, but I got the feeling Coach London has been watching me for awhile.
Warren has no plans to take anymore visits with the football almost one month out. However, he does plan on making a visit to the 23rd Annual Hampton Roads All-Star Football Camp this upcoming Saturday. Festivities start 8:00 a.m. with the check-in process and ends at 2:00 p.m. after the NFL players/coaches chat session which will be moderated by Carl Francis, Jr. (Director of Communications, NFL Players Association).
– Brandon Mitchell