Illlini First Offer For Barrington Junior

Only elite football players receive verbal offers from colleges prior to their junior years in high school. Most don't even begin to show their true potential until later in their development. But Barrington lineman Dan Voltz impressed Illini coaches in a one-day camp and received that coveted offer. He has now offers from two other Big 10 schools as well.

Dan Voltz visited the Illinois one-day camp at Maine South and then participated in a similar camp at Memorial Stadium a couple days later. With an interest in his state school, he was grateful to see that interest reciprocated.

"I'm thrilled about the offer."

Voltz liked everything he saw and did on campus.

"The camp was awesome. The coaches were all great and the facilities and field at U of I impressed me."

Despite still having two years of high school remaining, Voltz is receiving wide-spread recruiting interest.

"Right now Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, and some Ivy League schools like Yale and Princeton I've gotten letters from too."

Besides being a talented football player, Voltz is also an excellent student.

"Yeah, that's another thing I think that helps me, that I get good grades and do good in the classroom. I think I want to major in Kinesiology or something like that."

The Illini were his first offer, but he has since added Wisconsin and Northwestern offers after attending their camps. The right tackle already has one year of experience under his belt.

"I played on the varsity team as a sophomore, so hopefully my upcoming junior year goes well."

Barrington didn't fare well on the gridiron last fall, but the 6'-4", 280 pounder sees better days ahead.

"We didn't do too good. We were 3 and 6. We made it to the state quarterfinals the year before, and it was a senior-dominated team so we lost a lot. It was a rebuilding year. But this year we have a lot of returning starters, so we'll be a lot better this next year."

Voltz shared his thoughts on his best attributes as a lineman.

"I think I play nasty. I think I have good foot quickness for a guy my size."

More than likely, Voltz will remain in the Midwest for his college career. The Illini hope it will be in Champaign.

"I'm a Big 10 guy, so I'm definitely looking at any Big 10 school. If they show interest, I'm definitely going to be interested. Northwestern, Wisconsin and Illinois for sure."

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