They say you never know how much you love something until it is taken away from you. That has been true in so many ways in all of our day to day lives; sometimes applying to small things and other times to big things. Football is a game; we all know this. But when your in it and living the life as a talented prospect it defines you, drives you, builds the walls around the life your trying for. In that world of pain and grief and glory and even despair there is structure.
No one knows that more then Jusstis Warren of Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington after a serious injury to his leg ended his important Junior year. His Sophomore campaign was so good that he was positioned to receive offers from some of the Nation’s best programs. Missing last year ended that or at least put a hold on it but Warren never wavered in his commitment to return to his team and to get back on track.
“Loosing football made me into a better person. To have the season and the game taken away from me showed me how much I love it and how much it means to me,” said Warren.
So did he sit at home and wait last season?
“I went to work to get back. 365-24-7 is what I did to get better. All during this time I watched and learned and I gained a lot of experience about what football really is. This has molded me into who I am now and I am going to be ready and back better then ever this year!”
No doubt he will. Based on his promising recovery, his 6’3″- 225 lb frame, and his raw athletic skill that came out on film 2 seasons ago he has gained offers. So far Idaho, Montana State, and Eastern Washington have all offered him a scholarship. A big deal for any kid.
Now completely healed the outside linebacker took to the road and went into the heart of the American Football powerhouse programs by attending camps this Summer at places like Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Georgia, LSU, and Auburn. After his trip down South he came back out West and hit Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State. Some camps were non-padded and some were in helmets with some contact. All gave him a different appreciation and perspective about what it means to be a college football player.
After all that mileage and time competing we wondered if any one school stood out?
“They were all great. I guess Georgia really stood out. It was the coaching and our performance at the 7 on 7 portion of camp. The Coaches have stayed in touch with me and the whole experience was great. Oregon stood out a lot too. I love all these schools and they all seem interested too,” said Jusstis who needs to put down some Senior film that shows he is the same caliber of player now that his earlier film showed.
Jon Kitna is his Head Coach and the Abes are a talented bunch. Seven or Eight of them made the trip down South and hit several schools together and Coach Kitna and his son Jordan, who is a top QB prospect, were in attendance. Warren said the trip and the time together is something he will never forget and that this years squad is looking really solid. His return is highly anticipated by Lincoln’s team, fans, and community.
We will be watching this explosive young man and his team in the season opener as they travel to Portland and take on the Roosevelt Rough Riders who are led by QB Kimane Domena who has committed to BYU already.
Jusstis Warren loves the game of football and his efforts to comeback have been notable, admirable, and something to behold. We wish him all the best and congratulate him on the terrific offers he already holds.