Spotlight 2018: Wide Receiver Justin Shorter

Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick receiver Justin Shorter will be a player to watch when it comes to the top 2018 prospects in New Jersey. After two solid 7-on-7 showings in the last month, Shorter has sights set on his first high school year as a starter alongside teammates like Mohamed Jabbie and Phil Campbell.

As the 2018 receiver heads into his sophomore season, 6-foot-3 Justin Shorter could be the next college name out of Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick.

Shorter impressed his teammates at multiple camp 7-on-7s, including a strong showing at Kean where South Brunswick finished in second place.

“It’s an exciting time,” said Shorter, who saw a small role with the varsity squad as a freshman. “I’m excited for South Brunswick. I’m excited to go into next season and see how it’s going to work out when I play more.”

Shorter also camped at Rutgers in July. He played alongside Rutgers 2016 commitments Mohamed Jabbie and Phil Campbell, and caught the eye of assistant coach Joe Rossi.

“I liked the competition, and I liked being at the school,” Shorter said. “It was awesome to talk to coach Rossi. He said he likes me a lot. He gave me a lot of advice for corner during the camp. He helped me out all of the time.”

Shorter checks in at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds with a self-reported 4.5 40-yard dash. Shorter played in a run-heavy scheme last year with Campbell and Dontae Strickland as dynamic rushers for the Vikings.

A sophomore Shorter and senior Jabbie, however, mean more plays through the air in 2015.

“I’m working hard to start this year and get some more reps,” Shorter said. “I want to be a touchdown scorer. This year, we’re going to start passing a lot more. … Coach [Joe] Goerge is always working with me to get better. He’s always focused on my grades because that what’s going to help you most in the future.”

Shorter said he liked the Rutgers experience last month, and he hears plenty about the Scarlet Knights from Jabbie and Campbell.

“It’s a great school,” he said. “I think it’s very good, and it might be a school where I could play my college football.”

Shorter also credits Jabbie as an influence at wide receiver.

“Be patient and play smooth because that’s what he taught me,” Shorter said. “Mo’s routes are crazy. I watch him all of the time and learn off of what he does in practice.”

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