Warren Fired Up By UW Offer

Jusstis Warren is a 6-3, 225-pound athlete from Lincoln High School in Tacoma, and the last four days for Warren have been a roller coaster of emotions. He went from the low of losing with his Abes teammates 28-21 to Eastside Catholic in the State 3A quarterfinals to earning a coveted scholarship offer.

"It left a bad taste in my mouth, but back to work!" Warren told Dawgman.com Wednesday afternoon about the loss to the Crusaders. "The season didn't go as well as I wanted to but I think it was a success at the end of the day."

Warren was a coveted athlete for Lincoln Head Coach Jon Kitna. "I played all over the place," Warren said. "I played some defensive end, I played some SAM linebacker. I played some MIK linebacker, played a little bit of running back...I played both sides, whatever coach Kitna wanted.

Scout.com has Warren projected as an outside linebacker in college, and he agreed that defense is his preference. "I'll play wherever the coach needs me, but I like defense," he said. "I like hitting guys."

Over the summer, Warren went on a bit of a 'world tour' consisting of unofficial visits with Kitna and a number of Lincoln teammates. They went to Texas A&M, Texas, Baylor, Auburn, LSU, Georgia, and Georgia State. "We wanted to get the maximum exposure we could get," Warren said. "There were about 9 or 10 guys that went down. None of us got a lot of interest from those schools, but it was a great experience."

Because of his work with the Abes, Warren's offer sheet continues to grow. He already has scholarship offers from Cal, Washington State, Colorado State, Nevada, UTEP, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Idaho State, and others. But on Tuesday he landed a scholarship he'd been hoping he'd get.

"I've been talking on and off with coach Pete (Chris Petersen)," Warren said of Washington officially offering him a scholarship yesterday. "He's sent me a number of hand-written letters. I've been talking with coach (Bob) Gregory, the linebackers coach. I've been talking to him a lot and he told me to stay patient. He wanted to know about my intentions to go to U-Dub and how hungry I was for the offer. It was a blessing when it finally came! Oh my gosh...it was crazy."

So how did it go down? "I talked to coach Gregory yesterday and he said he was right down the hall from coach Petersen," Jusstis said. "He handed the phone to coach Petersen and we talked for a little bit. He said he was super fired up and said I had an official offer from them. I was fired up, to say the least. I was in a Sprint store, getting a phone. People were looking at me...I was grinning from ear to ear. They were wondering, what the heck is going on?"

So how is Warren approaching the recruiting process now with Washington's offer in hand? "I've got a couple other offers, but I'm really interested in the University of Washington," he said. "We'll see as this recruiting process begins to unfold a little bit more, but I look forward to learning more about the University of Washington."

Warren added that he will sit down with the Lincoln coaches in a couple days to talk about when he'll take official visits. His first one appears to be to Washington the weekend of December 5th. There are no other ones planned at this point.

"I talked to coach Gregory and they said that would be the perfect date," Warren said of his UW official visit. "That weekend I'll be there most likely."

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