Athlete Discusses Visit To PSU

<b>J.J. Justice</b>, a versatile athlete from Norwich, Connecticut, took a visit to Penn State this weekend to watch the Nittany Lions' first Big Ten contest of the year verses Minnesota. How was the visit?

Name: J.J. Justice
Position: S, LB, QB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.45
Vertical Leap: 38"
School: Norwich Free Academy (Norwich, CT)

"It was good," J.J. said Sunday afternoon. "I went with my friend Zach. We flew in Saturday morning and then we left that night. We got there, ate lunch, talked to some coaches and some of the other recruits, and then, at the end of the game, we watched the press conference. Then, I got to eat with one of the coaches and [wide-receiver] Maurice Humphrey and his family.

"That wasn't planned, but me, Zach, and one of the coaches (Norwood) went downtown and we were going to go eat and then we saw him on the way. I guess they were going to the same place as we were, so we all sat down at the same table."

The visit, although originally intended to be an official visit, was an unofficial visit.

"It was supposed to be an official, but then they (PSU) said I'd probably be better off taking the official in December."

In December, the coaching staff will have more time to spend with J.J. and his family. Has he taken any official visits yet?

"No, I haven't taken any yet. I'm supposed to go on some in December. I haven't decided where I'm going to go or what time I'm going to go."

Justice' friend, Zach Zaneski, accompanied him during Saturday's visit.

"He plays football, but he's going to play baseball in college. He sounded interested in Penn State too. He liked the campus and all that and he liked the environment, so he wanted to get a hold of the baseball coach there."

Justice also enjoyed Saturday's visit.

"I liked it. I had been there a couple times. I never got to see a game [before], but I got to go in the stadium and stuff before and I'd been downtown before and I liked it.

"It was a good game. Unfortunately, they lost, but it was a good game all the way up to the end. It was pretty loud. There were over 100,000 people in there, so it got pretty crazy at times.

"They did a lot better on defense in the second half. Instead of going for it on fourth down that one time, they should have kicked the field goal, so at the end of the game they wouldn't have to go for the touchdown."

Did he get a chance to talk to the Penn State coaches?

"Yeah, I was with Coach Norwood after the game the whole time and I got to talk to a couple of the other coaches after the game too."

He also had the opportunity to meet a few of the players who have already made verbal commitments to Penn State including Matt Hahn and Greg Harrison.

Penn State remains among Justice' favorites.

"I have three that I'm really looking at and I'll probably go to one of them: Penn State, Maryland and BC (Boston College). Right now, it's pretty much between those three."

During a previous interview, J.J. admitted that Maryland had a slight lead as a result of their Criminal Justice program.

"Also because of playing time. At Penn State, I don't think I'll be able to come in and play as a freshman. I might get in a couple of games if they're blowing a team out or something. It all depends on how I do if I were to go to camp in the summer. Most likely, Maryland, they're graduating 6 d-backs, so I'm not really going to have a choice but to play. I don't think they (PSU) are losing as much at that position. Right now, I'm not sure exactly who they'll have, but I know they're not losing as many people at my position as Maryland is."

Does that mean that the Terrapins are his current favorite?

"I don't really know. I wouldn't say I really have a favorite. I'm not really sure."

Justice hopes to take official visits to each of his 3 favorites. He has already taken unofficial visits to each. In addition to Saturday's game between the Nittany Lions and Golden Gophers, J.J. previously attended a game at Maryland verses the Citadel and a game at Boston College verses Miami.

Penn State is recruiting Justice to play strong safety or linebacker depending upon how much weight he gains.

Justice indicated that he is not being pressured by any of his favorites to make a decision right now. He realizes that Penn State is running low on scholarships based on what he's heard and read, but the coaching staff has not conveyed any sense of urgency.

J.J. gave the unofficial trip to State College a favorable rating on a scale of 1 to 10.

"I'd say it was an 8 or 9. I liked it. It was a good game and it (the visit) was quick. I was in and out. I got to meet who I wanted to see. I didn't have to do a lot of walking around or do unnecessary stuff. I got to see who I wanted to see, I watched a game, I got to meet with one of the players and then we left."

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