Justice anxious for signing day

Stratford safety A.J. Justice met with June Jones and Jason Phillips this week to clear up some confusion regarding SMU and his recruitment. Now that things are settled, Justice is excited for his official visit this weekend, and signing day on Wednesday.

A.J. Justice was supposed to take his official visit to SMU last semester, but things were held up by some NCAA paperwork and he was unable to come.

But fear not, as he's on his way to Dallas right now.

Justice, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound safety out of Stratford High School (Houston), is excited about the upcoming weekend and says he's 100 percent committed to the Mustangs.

"I'm not looking anywhere else," he said. "I'm just ready to get [signing day] over with, all the recruiting and everything."

Justice, who's been committed to SMU since August, was recruited by Jeff Reinebold, who is no longer a part of the Mustangs' staff for undisclosed reasons.

Justice explained that throughout the recruitment process, things got pretty hazy.

Due to that, June Jones and Jason Phillips went to Houston earlier this week to visit with Justice and his high school coach, Eliot Allen.

"My coach wasn't happy with the way [my recruitment] was going," Justice said. "There wasn't very much communication going on. Half the time we didn't know what was really going on."

After talking to Jones and Phillips, Justice says things are clear now. He also mentioned that he's been in touch with defensive coordinator Tom Mason quite a bit as of late.

Now that all of that confusion is settled, Justice can focus on getting ready for college.

"I'm really excited about the new conference, meeting new people, bonding with my new teammates and also my best friend, Jarvis Pruitt, he just got an offer [from SMU] and would be a great addition," Justice said.

Justice and Pruitt have been best friends since freshman year of high school and are driving up to Dallas together this weekend. Justice hopes his buddy will commit to SMU. He thinks he will.

"I'm pretty sure he'll be down with me," Justice said. "He's my best friend. He's the first person I met when I started high school. Our families are really excited."

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