Joe Warburg Explains Illini Commitment

The Fighting Illini football team received some good news today as Louisville offensive tackle Joe Warburg committed. The tall, speedy lineman comes from a powerhouse program at Trinity High School. He is the sixth commitment for the Illini.

Joe Warburg has chosen Illinois as his college destination.

"I'm definitely excited. I actually wanted to commit a week ago. My parents told me to wait one more week."

Warburg explains the thought process that led to his decision.

"There wasn't any one reason in particular. It really felt like family. I just loved the whole atmosphere. I really loved the family vibe I got from the coaches. It felt like the right decision."

Warburg lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and received an offer from his home town team. Did he want to get away from home?

"Not necessarily. I walked into the whole recruiting process with an open mind. I've lived in Louisville my entire life. Side by side, I liked Illinois better. It had nothing to do with geographical location."

The 6'-5", 250 pounder needs to add weight and strength. Illini coaches have a plan for his development.

"They did say they were going to redshirt me freshman year, for obvious reasons. I can grow and really gain some weight the first couple years and get to know the system. They mentioned tackle in general, they didn't say which side."

Warburg ran a 4.8 forty yard dash at the Illinois one-day camp in June despite having just been cleared to participate after an extended knee injury absence.

"I had a torn meniscus last year. It wasn't a serious injury, but it took a long time to rehab. I'm just now starting to feel like I'm getting back to 100%.

"I had been cleared only a week or two before the Illinois camp. I'm still working to get the size back in my right leg. That was basically my only problem. It's starting to feel really good, and I'm starting to run real well. It's all coming together."

Trinity High School, Illini assistant Jeff Brohm's alma mater, is loaded with talent this year.

"In some polls, we're rated as high as 28th in the nation. We have a lot of potential, so I'm really excited. We've been practicing together throughout the summer, but actual practice starts Monday."

Warburg, who chose Illinois over Louisville and South Alabama, is a bright student. He hasn't decided on a major.

"I'm not too sure right now, but I have an interest in Engineering. I'm kind of playing it by ear, considering all my options."

Unless something drastic happens, Warburg is now done with the recruiting process.

"I'm very happy with Illinois, and I don't plan on changing."

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