Illini Commit Warburg Takes In WMU Game

Joe Warburg (Jack Lyman)

Louisville's Trinity High School is one of the top high school teams in the country. Illinois commit Joe Warburg has helped the Rocks to an undefeated season so far, and he dropped in to see his future team this past Saturday as the Illini defeated Western Michigan.

Joe Warburg last visited the Illinois campus for a summer camp in June. This time around, he got to see what an Illinois game day is like.

"I like to see how all the players and coaches interact with each other, and I like how the system works.

"It's amazing. I got to see all of the fans come in before the game. I don't know. There's just nothing else like it."

Warburg still has to add significant weight to hold his own as an offensive tackle in college, but his athleticism makes him a great prospect at the tackle position.

"I'm about 6'5 or 6'6 and 250. I just want to gain as much as I can. I'll start packing it on after the season. I ran I think a 4.8 when I was here at camp. I bench around 290, squat 450, and my best clean is 285."

Warburg knows how to use his strengths to his advantage. His versatility is one of his greatest assets when it comes to his play.

"Definitely my speed. There's a lot you can do with that. My quickness off the ball helps a lot too."

Warburg is still adjusting to the tackle position. His athleticism helps him acclimate, but he knows that it still takes plenty of work to master his role.

"I'm definitely working on pass sets. That's been a bit of an issue in the past, but I'm getting used to a new style I guess."

Trinity is rated in the top 5 in the country by Scout. Warburg's opinion of the ranking is very similar to the common mindset of the Illini regarding their games.

"We're taking it one game at a time. We're not going to overlook anybody. Coaches tell us not to really look at that, so we're just staying humble."

Trinity plays a very challenging schedule. One of the toughest teams on their slate, according to Warburg, is another team in Scout's Top 50.

"I'd say probably Cincinnati St. Xavier was our toughest matchup so far."

Illinois recruits Trinity vigorously. The Illini have already extended offers to Trinity junior defensive end Jason Hatcher and wide receiver James Quick. Warburg has made sure that his teammates have Illinois in mind.

"I've definitely put in a good word for them, but it's up to them to make their final decision."

So what is it going to take for Trinity to keep up its current run?

"Just keep working hard and keep doing what we're doing. Just keep having good practices and giving it all we can, and we'll finish out the season."

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