Shanks notes that he wanted to perform well at home and says he thought he did okay. "I feel good about the way I performed at the camp, but not great," he says. "I feel like I could have done even better."
An intense competitor with good quickness at 6-4, 294 pounds, the four-star class of 2012 prospect from Prattville High School is considered one of the top rising seniors in the state of Alabama. He received an early offer from Auburn and says that AU is one of many colleges he is considering.
On Monday he will join what is expected to be a very talented team for the first day of spring practice. "A lot of college recruiters will be coming by practice so I need to show out," he says.
Prattville is considered one of the favorites to win the 2011 Class 6A state football title with a team that will feature more than a dozen players who are getting looks from Division I programs.
"This has got to be the year for us," Shanks says. "We came up short last year. We were real young last year with a lot of guys playing for the first time with a lot to prove. We should be better this year."
It won't be long before the Lions found out a lot about this year's team with an August game vs. Florida power St. Thomas Aquinas on the schedule. "That is exciting for us," says Shanks. "It is going to be on ESPN on a Saturday, just like the college games."
Justin Shanks is shown at the MVP Camp in Prattville.
Shanks, who made 50 tackles with six sacks as a junior, says he believes he is close to 20 scholarship offers now with some of the more recent ones coming from FSU, Clemson, Tennessee, Southern Cal and LSU. The lineman says he is going to try to visit camps at several of those colleges this summer to get a better feel for them.
Asked if he has a favorite or favorites now, Shanks, says, "They are all about the same. I want to get all of my visits taken and then?I will come up with a list of favorites."