Justin London, 6-2, 225, Roanoke (Virg.) Northside High, said last Friday that he has the five schools he's going to visit officially.
London, who had 124 tackes and 4 ½ sacks on his senior season, said he has visits set up to Maryland (Nov. 30th), North Carolina State, (Dec. 7) and Tennesee (Dec. 14th). London also said he plans on visiting UCLA and Virginia Tech in January, but he hasn't set the dates of those visits yet. All of his favorites have offered. He said that Tennessee is probably recruiting him the hardest.
"I really don't have a leader," London said. "Unless something drastic happens, I'm going to try to take all five of my visits. I'm pretty sure I won't commit early."
London said that he's had North Carolina State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and UCLA on his list for a while, but added Maryland to his list recently. "I chose Maryland as my fifth because of the season they're having. I wouldn't base my decision on one season, but in Maryland's case, it really helped them."
When considering the factors in his decision, London said he'll think about many things. "I'll consider depth charts," he said. "But I know that all the schools are good linebacker-wise. Some have a lot graduating. Wherever I end up I'll have a good playing opportunity I think."
He said he'll consider the consistency of the program. "That's a big factor. If they're used to winning. If they win all the time."
But he said that probably the most important factor was how he fit in generally to the school. "A lot of the stuff really doesn't matter that much. But what matters is how comfortable I am there. Which school I'll feel the most comfortable being there, since I'm going to spend a good portion of my life there."
London's father, Tommy London, played for the Cleveland Browns for a couple of years in the late ‘70s before blowing out his knee. He's helping London go through the recruiting process, having gone through it himself, even though London concedes it was a different recruiting era. The elder London went to North Carolina State and the younger London said that wouldn't necessarily influence his decision. "But I want to take my dad on as many trips as possible. He'll go with me to North Carolina State and to Tennessee. He's a pastor now, though, so he has to work on Sunday. But hopefully he can work it out."
His parents, though, London said, don't have a problem with him going far away to school. If he went to UCLA, London has an uncle and more family that live in the San Diego area.
London claimed he has a 2.9 GPA and scored a 970 on his SAT.Justin London's Player Profile