Whatever position Lincoln Way-West head coach David Ernst needed Justin Witt at last year, the then-sophomore did it. That versatility is just one reason Ernst is convinced he has a major prospect on his hands.
He keeps a video on his cell phone of Witt nonchalantly throwing a basketball up to himself and dunking it with two hands. That athleticism is what has colleges intrigued at what will happen once the 6-foot-6, 245-pound youngster fills out.
"He's on the varsity basketball team," Ernst says. "He's a really good athlete. He has to get stronger, but he'll probably be our left tackle. He started at center for three or four games and played tight end for us too."
Witt has gone up against strong competition at a few camps this summer, a potentially daunting task for a kid who did not play much tackle last year, but he proved to be up to the challenge.
"That's been easy because I always played left tackle my whole life. We had a really good left tackle the past year, and we needed a blocking tight end, so I played that. I will be at left tackle this year."
One of the schools who is already showing interest is Notre Dame. Witt attended their Irish Invasion camp, where he was the only rising junior on the offensive line.
"I liked it a lot. I thought I did well. The coaches like me and were really interested in me. They like my size and like how hard I like to work and said I had really good footwork and hip movement. The school is very nice and so is the campus."
Former West standout Colin McGovern plays for the Irish now and took the time to sit down with Witt.
"We talked a lot. He's a really good friend to me. We ate lunch up at camp and I had a good time getting to see him."
As this season progresses, it is likely Witt will draw more interest and if he does what he needs to do, it would not be surprising to see offers come. But for now, he is taking everything as it comes.
"Actually, in two weeks, I'm going on an unofficial visit to Iowa. They've shown interest. The North Carolina State coach really likes me, and the other school is Ohio State. They came to school for me and I went to the Northwestern camp too."