Barrington Junior Lineman Enjoys UI Visit

The Fighting Illini football team continues to recruit top football players and, whenever possible, host them on unofficial visits. It is especially easy for in-state players to make the trip for a home football game, and a number have done so. Among the visitors last Saturday was junior Barrington offensive line star Dan Voltz. He enjoyed his time on campus.

Dan Voltz is a junior lineman for Barrington High School. He already boasts offers from Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Arizona. He is also hearing from a number of other schools with the four biggest so far being Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame and Iowa.

So it was good to see him show interest in the Illini by attending their game with NIU. He was impressed.

"The visit was awesome. It's only the second time I've been down to the UI. Every time I go down I just want to get more and more."

With an 11:00 am game, most of his time on campus occurred afterward.

"Before the game I just had time to talk with Coach (Ron) Zook and Coach (Joe) Gilbert. I learned more about Coach Zook. And then after the game I had a quick talk with Coach Gilbert again. I got to walk around campus a little more. I got to see the weight room. It was awesome."

Voltz, who came to the UI with his junior wide receiver teammate Sam Handler, is excited how well his high school team is playing so far this year.

"We're doing great. We're 4-0. We were 3-6 last year, so we've already beat our win total from last year. We're looking to win our conference and make the playoffs. That's our goals right now."

Barrington plays Conant this weekend hoping to continue the streak. It helps having a senior-dominated team.

"Last year we had a very young team, so this year we have a lot of upperclassmen which helps a lot."

Individually the 6'-4", 290 pound tackle feels much improved over his sophomore season.

"I'm doing great. I think I've improved a lot. I think this year I'm playing a lot better."

What are some of the areas of biggest development?

"My consistency, my footwork and my hand placement. I've worked on that a lot because last year I didn't know a lot about how important footwork was. That's all I worked on in the off season."

Voltz had the benefit of instruction from three college summer camps.

"Besides Illinois, I was at Northwestern and Wisconsin. They helped me a lot."

He enjoys working with Coach Gilbert, his future position coach should he attend Illinois.

"Coach Gilbert was awesome. He's very technical, very good on technique. I learned a lot in the 45 minutes to an hour I was there. I can't imagine playing there and learning everything he has to offer."

The future Business or Marketing major has an idea what he wants in his future college.

"One of the top things is how stable the coaching staff is. Will they be there for the next 4-5 years? That's very important. And then how I would feel living there for 4-5 years."

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