Top-rated TE Considers Visit to T-Town

The tight end position can wreak havoc on opposing defenses if the tight end has the ability to stretch the defense and take advantage of mismatches with linebackers or strong-safeties. Of course, the trick is finding a tight end with the size and speed to create the problem for defensive coordinators. A good place to start is a player who stands 6-foot-6, weighs 215 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in a blistering 4.54 seconds.

Curtis Justus, from Perry, Oklahoma, is just such a physical specimen. He has already caught 28 passes for 341 yards and five touchdowns in leading his team to a 5-1 record. On defense, Justus has tallied 36 tackles, 14 sacks, and three blocked punts going both ways for the small 2-A program. His potential has made him a national recruit.

"Oklahoma, Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan, UCLA, and Northwestern are some of the schools that have offered me a scholarship," said Justus.

Justus has many options to choose from and three programs will definitely get a visit from him. The remaining two visits are still under consideration.

"I know I'm going to visit Oklahoma, Miami, and Florida State," said Justus. "My last two visits will come from Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan, UCLA, and Northwestern."

Justus attended summer football camps at Miami, Michigan, and Oklahoma. He has also taken unofficial visits to games at Oklahoma (Kansas State and North Carolina) and Oklahoma State (Missouri) this season. So, just what intrigues Justus about the Crimson Tide?

"Well, I'm being recruited by Coach (Chris) Thurmond and he's a good guy," said Justus. "He coached in Oklahoma. I've enjoyed talking to him and getting to know him. Also, Alabama has real good tradition and they want to get their tight ends more involved in the offense."

In the classroom, Justus maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA and he breezed through the ACT with a score of 25. As expected, academics will be a factor in his decision.

"I plan to major in either engineering or sports medicine," said Justus. "I would like to find a good fit in terms of my major and athletics."

Justus is a dual-sport athlete who also competes on the hardwood where he averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior. His height and vertical jump of 32 inches could suggest a future with the round ball but Justus likes his activities on the gridiron.

"I really enjoy catching a football and getting to run after the catch," said Justus. "Scoring touchdowns and competing is what I like about football."


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