Offer In Hand, Warburg Takes In UI Camp

The Fighting Illini are hoping to attract an athletic offensive lineman from Louisville. Joe Warburg isn't well known because he's been injured, but he was possibly the most athletic lineman to work out at any UI camp this summer. He talks about his camp experience and interest in the Illini.

Joe Warburg hasn't received a lot of recruiting attention up to now, but an injury is the likely reason.

"I've been injured for the past six months. I tore my meniscus completely in half. I'm just now starting to get back. This is only my second week cleared, so my times are still getting back there. I'm still getting a feel for it.

"I didn't see my forty time today, but I did get a 30" vertical. That's pretty good for an offensive lineman."

This reporter timed him at 4.8 for one of his 40 yard dashes Friday at the Illinois summer camp, which is blazing for a lineman. The 6'-5", 250 pound tackle enjoyed his time on campus.

"It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed it and got to see the campus. I got to work with the coaches one on one, so that's always the best part."

His time with Illini line coach Joe Gilbert was a highlight.

"I loved him. The way they teach their offensive line, it just feels natural. It's not like it sometimes feels awkward. I really liked his coaching style."

Warburg has an Illini offer. He hopes Louisville will present him with his third offer this week.

"I'm going to meet one-on-one with the coaches from U of L later in the week. And then the University of Southern Alabama. I don't know how that came up."

He has an idea what he wants in a college.

"Really just the coaches and the family, welcoming feeling you get with a school. I'm not trying to rush the process; I'm just gonna know when I know."

He admits an attraction to at least one school near his home but qualified his response.

"Right. Well, maybe. I'm kind of looking to get a little farther away from home, but not too far. Illinois seems to be just the right distance. I'm liking it a lot.

"It's a really good drive. We drove up this morning, and it wasn't that big of a deal."

Warburg looks forward to an outstanding senior season. A number of Louisville Trinity teammates are recruitable.

"In some poles, we're like top 20 in the nation."

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