Warburg's Final Two

Arkansas hosted Kentucky prep offensive lineman and Illinois commitment Joe Warburg (6-6, 260) last weekend and it has given him something to think about as the national signing date looms.

Louisville (KY) Trinity offensive lineman Joe Warburg was very comfortable with his decision to go to Illinois and still is.

But Warburg (6-6, 260) does admit that Arkansas' recent entrance into his recruiting process and last weekend's official visit to Fayetteville has given him pause.

"I had a very good visit and feel like Arkansas has a great program," Warburg said. "I definitely learned a lot about the school during my trip there and it has given me a lot to think about."

Warburg, who grew up a Kentucky fan, accumulated offers from Illinois, Louisville and Kentucky during the process.

Purdue also showed interest and then Arkansas jumped into the picture for the standout from Trinity, who averaged over 50 points a game on offense this season while going 14-0 and winning a second straight state title.

"I had settled on Illinois and was not planning on taking any other visits, but when Arkansas offered me and wanted me to take a visit, I thought I needed to do that to be sure of my decision," Warburg said.

"We got to go to the Arkansas-Michigan basketball game and the crowd was just crazy," Warburg added. "We also went to the Catfish Hole and the fans were great there, too. I have never seen fan support like that and it was very impressive."

Arkansas is actually looking at Warburg as a blocking tight end – at least to start.

"Arkansas coaches told me that they wanted to use me as a blocking tight end and then I would move inside once my frame filled out," Warburg said. "I have played a little tight end and had a few coaches talk about that, but when someone like Coach Petrino says that, then you that it might be the right thing to do."

Warburg expects to make a final decision in the next few days.

"I am going to take a couple more days to think about my decision and decide what is best for me," Warburg said. "They are two great schools so I can't really make a bad decision."





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