Last season, James (JJ) Justice played quarterback and cornerback for Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut. He excelled running his team’s option offense, combining for 34 total touchdown’s including 20 passing and 14 rushing. Playing cornerback was more of a break for him than anything else because most of Norwich’s opponents have run-oriented offenses.
His senior season will be different. Justice will still be able to play quarterback, however he will play safety on defense. Safety is the position most of the schools recruiting him envision him playing on the next level. Justice does not care which position he plays.
“Schools like me as a safety,” said Justice. “I went to four camps this summer – Penn State, Boston College, Maryland, and Virginia. All of them put me at safety. Boston College and Penn State played me at running back as well, but no one looked at me as a quarterback.
“I like both sides of the ball. I like to hit, but I like to score to. I will move to safety this season, which is more like a linebacker because we face run-oriented offenses. I’m looking forward to it.”
Justice has the necessary size and speed to be a very effective safety prospect. He is 6-2, 215 pounds, and he is fast. According to Justice, he posted to 4.4 flat in the 40 yard dash in camps at UVA and Penn State. He has worked on improving his speed and keeping in shape since his freshman year.
His work ethic appears to be paying off for him now.
“I work out six days a week,” said Justice. “In the off-season, I run on the track, up hills, and train to get faster. I usually run in the low 4.4’s, but I ran 4.4 flat at UVA and Penn State.
“This summer, I’m working on stamina, acceleration, and explosiveness. On the next level, everyone has the same speed. It will be the acceleration and stamina that separates you from everyone else.”
Boston College, Penn State, Maryland, Connecticut, Purdue, and Syracuse have offered Justice thus far. He did not name any specific leaders, however did acknowledge a geographic preference.
“I like the South,” said Justice. “I like the warm weather. But basically, whatever will be the best choice for me, that’s where I will go. I want to choose a school that I would go to if I didn’t have football.”
Justice will take some official visits before making his decision. He mentioned Penn State, Maryland, and Virginia as likely official visit destinations. While he had a successful camp at UVA, the Cavaliers...
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