Player Profile: A.J. Justice

Scott profiles SMU defensive back A.J. Justice in the latest Pony Stampede player profile.

Position: Safety
Size: 6-1, 217
Year: RS Junior
High School: Stratford HS (Tex.)
Hometown: Houston, Texas

Recruitment

Out of high school, Justice was rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com, and he was rated the 64th best player in Texas. As a senior, Justice had 97 tackles and 3 interceptions. He picked SMU over offers from Virginia, Rice and UAB. While there were some complications with his first scheduled official visit to SMU regarding NCAA paperwork, Justice made it to campus eventually for his OV. The defensive back never waivered after committing to SMU in August before his senior season.

2014 Recap

While Justice didn’t play an integral role in the Mustangs defense in 2014, he added some nice depth off of the bench. The Houston native played in all 12 games, recording 18 total tackles and one quarterback hurry. When secondary starters went down with injuries, Justice stepped up when called upon and did an adequate job.

Outlook in 2015

While I wouldn’t expect Justice to make a huge impact in 2015, the rising junior should provide nice depth to the secondary. But with the addition of Missouri transfer David Johnson, and guys likes Ajee Montes, Shakiel Randolph, Horace Richardson, Jesse Montgomery and Darrion Richardson returning, Justice could get buried on the depth chart.

In any case, the SMU secondary as a whole will need to make big strides from last year, but with a ton of experience returning, including Justice, there should be solid improvement. Now while returning experience will help, the Mustangs will also need to stay healthy. Guys like Randolph and Richardson missed good chunks of their season due to injury, so Justice will have to be prepared when called upon.


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