University of Washington

Lincoln linebacker Jusstis Warren commits to Huskies

In street clothes, Jusstis Warren strives to be the everyday hero, much like Clark Kent.

“Been my favorite,” he said, “since I was a kid.”

But when he puts on a football uniform and gets ready to do battle — much like he did as a News Tribune All-Area and all-state linebacker at Lincoln High School — Warren feels bigger, stronger and faster.

“Then I see myself as Superman,” he said with a chuckle.

University of Washington fans hope he displays those kinds of super powers playing for the Huskies. After weeks of being committed to coach Chris Petersen and his staff, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Warren made it public Tuesday, announcing he has chosen to wear the purple and gold of the Huskies.

“Jusstis would fit in anywhere — he is that kind of player,” Lincoln coach Jon Kitna said. “But it is a great fit for him, and them. At the end of the day, if you are going to be a top (college) program in this country, you need the top players in the state — and he is one.”

Warren said he wanted to wait until early January to make his official announcement, but that it became “overwhelming” to keep it secret.

So via his Twitter account late Tuesday afternoon, he announced, “Great Coaches, Great Environment, Great Academics and Winning Tradition on the Rise — Honored to be committed to The University of Washington.”

Warren becomes the 20th member of the UW’s recruiting class — and second from the South Sound. Federal Way running back Chico McClatcher announced his decision to play for the UW on Sunday.

Warren has an especially winding journey to reach this point. He endured a lost season as a junior after suffering a serious knee injury.

He returned to have a marvelous senior season — 95 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, with four forced fumbles and three interceptions.

Warren said the Huskies see him in a couple of roles on the defensive side, manning middle or weakside linebacker on early downs, and possibly playing as a pass-rushing defensive end on passing downs.

“It is a great school with a great community,” Warren said. “And as long as school is paid for, and I get to play for the home team, it does not get any better than that.”