Could Justus be the Next Shockey?

Last year the University of Miami landed a tight end from Oklahoma that would later become an All-American candidate. Now the Hurricanes are back in Oklahoma recruiting a tight end with similar ability.

It wasn't too long into his junior season that Robert Curtis Justus quickly became known as one of the top football players in the state of Oklahoma.

And it wasn't even the end of that same season that a lot of people started realizing that Justus is also one of the premier tight end prospects in the entire country. Now, most consider Justus to be the No. 1 tight end prospect in the entire country.

At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, Justus runs exceptionally well. At the University of Michigan summer camp in June, Justus ran a 4.59 electronically-timed 40-yard dash in front of the Wolverine coaches.

Inside the weightroom, Justus bench presses over 300 pounds. He's so versatile on the field that he doubles as a defensive end and often lines up at wide receiver to create huge mismatches for opponenents.

As a junior last season, Justus caught 36 passes for 590 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, he had one interception and even scored a defensive touchdown.

His junior year in high school hadn't even ended before Justus was beginning to attract recruiting attention from major schools all over America.

Before the May evaluation period had even started, Justus had firm scholarship offers from a number of elite programs, such as Miami, Oklahoma, Kansas State, and Stanford.

The Perry (OK) standout says he likes Miami a lot.

"Miami's one of my favorites," he said. "My whole family made a vacation out of my trip to the camp. All the palm trees and everything make it real interesting."

Justus says Michigan, Oklahoma, and Stanford round out his top four right now.

"I want to take my official visits this season before I make a final decision," he said.

As impressive as Justus is on the football field, he's even better where it matters most - inside the classroom. Heading into his senior year, he maintains a 4.0 GPA and carries a 25 ACT score, which he got during his junior year.

Coach Mark Stoops is recruiting Justus, while it was Larry Coker that recruited Shockey, the Ada (OK) standout who arrived at UM and quickly made a huge impact. Miami coaches are hoping that Justus can become the next great tight end from the state of Oklahoma to attend the University of Miami.

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