Justice on SMU Pledge

A.J. Justice, the three-star safety from Houston Stratford HS, committed to the SMU Mustangs today, and Scout.com got the reasons behind his decision. Also, which of Justice's teammates spoke with the SMU staff today? Read further to get the details.

It was a memorable day for A.J. Justice. First, the senior safety committed to coach Jeff Reinebold and the SMU Mustangs. Shortly thereafter, Justice took the field with his teammates to scrimmage Katy Cinco Ranch.

"I've been talking to Coach Reinebold frequently for a couple of weeks," said Justice. "It came down to SMU and Virginia. I was supposed to visit Virginia this summer, but I wasn't able to go because of the distance and some conflicts with my schedule. One thing I focused on was the opportunity for an education at SMU. Also, I feel like I can help make a difference on the field at SMU. Coach Reinebold was excited to have me, and he's ready to get me to the campus for a visit.

"I haven't been to SMU yet, but I'm planning on visiting for their first home game of the year. My teammate -- (three-star QB) Jeremiah Briscoe -- is going with me on the visit. He talked to Coach Reinebold today, and I believe he'd commit if they offered."

Justice and Briscoe both enjoyed good outings today versus a stout Cinco Ranch club (coincidentally, SMU signed Cinco Ranch product K.C. Nlemchi earlier this year).

"It was a good challenge today," said Justice. "It went really well, considering we've only been practicing for a week and a half. I had a chance to make a tackle on ('13 RB and Arkansas commit) Jamel James, but he went out of bounds. They run the ball a lot and our defensive line did really well, so they didn't come at me much. Jeremiah did really well on offense."

Justice is the nation's No. 63 safety prospect. Briscoe is the nation's No. 60 quarterback.

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