Justice speaks out

You wouldn't expect a guy who is 6-7 and 297 pounds to be afraid of anything, and that's the case with Long Beach Poly's <b>Winston Justice</b>. The Offensive Lineman from Compton, California will be taking some official visits to some big-time schools and nothing will stop him from accomplishing his business.

"I'm not worried about that stuff at all," Justice told Dawgman.com in regards to the airplane travel required to do homework on the numerous schools that are interested in him.

"Right now, security is beefed up more than ever before, so it's safe."

And who is going to be involved in the Justice sweepstakes? "Well, I have only one visit set up right now, to Washington on December 14th." He's open for the other trips, but said that Florida, Tennessee and UCLA are the other probables right now.

The top schools recruiting Winston the hardest currently include USC, UCLA, Florida, Tennessee, Washington and Fresno State. His offers include USC, UCLA, Washington, Tennessee, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

Jackrabbit teammate Maurice Murray has already indicated that he wants to be a Husky. Justice says that he's "happy for him, but it doesn't impact my decision at all."

His last conversation with Washington Head Coach Rick Neuheisel was interesting. "He talked about how Washington football is a real big deal up there, it's a big sport," said Justice. "In LA, football gets drowned out by other things, like the Lakers. UCLA and USC are so close there that they almost cancel each other out, but if I went to Washington, people would know who I am right away."

As it stands right now, Justice is more concerned with what's going to happen in a couple of weeks. Namely a hotly anticipated matchup with the De La Salle Spartans on October 6th. This is a game prep football fans from all over California have been talking about for months, even years.

"I expect a lot of people to be at the game," Winston said. "Maybe 20,000." You would think that might faze a 17-year old, but Justice has been there and done that already.

"At the championship last year (against Loyola), there were 12,000 people there."

We'll talk to Winston soon to get an update on the game and also on how recruiting is going.

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