Voltz among best linemen in Chicago Area

Dan Voltz from Barrington High School (Ill.) is a big physical player and his early offers indicate that he'll be one of the top lineman from the Chicago area in the 2012 recruiting class.

Dan Voltz (6-foot-4, 290-pounds) didn't grow up a Notre Dame fan, but now that he's become a big-time football prospect, he's more than willing to give the Irish a look.

"I probably get mail once a day or once every other day from Notre Dame," Voltz said. "I'd definitely say that I'm interested in Notre Dame. I've never been there, but the fact that they've always been one of the top programs in the country and they're known for their academics. I'm interested in them from that aspect. I also know that some kids from this area have gone to Notre Dame over the years.

"I've gotten mostly general recruiting stuff and a couple game invites from them as well, that's about it right now."

Although Voltz has received invitations to come to Notre Dame for their home games, he's yet to take them up on their offers.

"I've been investing the schools that have been offering," he said. "It's been hard getting out with football season, but once football is over, it's possible that I might be able to go over there and check out a game."

The scholarship offers that Voltz mentioned have come from Northwestern, Wisconsin, Illinois and Arizona. He went to Illinois, Wisconsin and Northwestern for camps over the summer and got offered at the camp. Arizona offered him based on the film he sent them.

"I've been getting mail from schools like Oregon, Miami, UCLA and schools like that. I think the only way that I'm going to get offers from schools like that is if I send out film after this season. I think I'd like to get out and visit Oregon, because that's a school that I'm interested in.

In addition to the work Dan did at the camps, his work on the field was likely a big reason for the attention he's received.

"I think a lot (of the attention) has to do with me being on the varsity my sophomore year," he explained. "I think I had a good season for being a sophomore on varsity. From what I've heard from coaches, they like my effort and how I finish blocks.

"Obviously the three schools liked what they saw at the camps. I think it's just going to get better, because I think I'm a much better football player than I was last year. Once I send out more film this year, I think I'll be able to get more scholarships."

While it is likely that schools from around the country will be interested in Voltz, he's going to keep his attention focused on the schools in the Midwest.

"I've always wanted to play in the Big 10," Voltz said. "Growing up in the Midwest and watching Big 10 football, I'm a big fan of the style, so that's the type of football that I want to play.

"Being an offensive lineman, I think Big 10 football is where it is at. Most Big 10 teams recruit offensive linemen and they get them big and they like to run the football a lot. Since I already have a few Big 10 offers that I've always wanted, my interest probably isn't going to change unless a school outside of the Big 10 really wows me.

"Originally, I went into this thinking that Northwestern was where I'd go," he said. "But after seeing five other big-time programs, my opinion has changed. I'm still a big fan of Northwestern, but I like some other schools just as much."

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