Spartans target three-star athlete Justin Wafer as hybrid defensive back

Wafer discusses his recruitment with San Jose State and the Spartans' vision for him.


San Jose State has had the talent in its secondary to experiment and they have a vision for Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins HS defensive back Justin Wafer - as a safety and outside linebacker hybrid.

Hawkins has been offered by SJSU and also holds offers from Ball State, Fresno State and Nevada. He got to know the program better at the Spartans’ highly attended junior day.

“It was a great experience talking to Coach Will (Harris), getting to meet the coaching staff, looking around the campus and the great facilities they have,” Wafer said. “It was a great experience. The one thing I liked most about the school is that the coaches were very into it with their players as far as what they were teaching them during the spring game.

“I didn’t know too much about San Jose, but when I took the visit I learned a lot more. I think it’s a good school.

The junior day tour included a ride around campus, a tour of the facilities, watching the spring game and one-on-one time with Harris.

“I think he’s a very good coach and he can help me excel to be a better player,” Wafer said of Harris.

The hybrid position that Harris is being looked for is a safety that can be relied on to creep up to the line of scrimmage and pick up the slot receiver.

“I like that role, or any role that will help me get on the field,” Wafer said. “But I’d be able to play safety and then come down and guard the slot too.

“I’m very aggressive and physical with receivers. I like to get my hands on receivers and make tackles.”



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