Most 3-star offers don’t make a huge splash, but J.R. Justice, Tennessee’s most recent offer, isn’t your typical 3-star recruit.
Justice’s name carries a little extra weight among many Vols’ fans because his dad, former Major League outfielder David Justice, helped play a big part in bringing the Atlanta Braves a World Series championship in 1995.
J.R. tweeted about his offer Wednesday afternoon.
— JR (@JRJrjustice2328) March 15, 2017
Listed as an athlete, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Justice has played both receiver and corner back at St. Augustine High School in San Diego. As a receiver, Justice caught 43 passes for 932 yards and 12 touchdowns his junior season. He also recorded 4 tackles and 1 pass deflection as a defensive back.
The versatile Justice also has some limited experience as a quarterback. In 2016, he completed 1 of 2 passes for 11 yards and also rushed for 17 yards on 2 carries. Receiver is his most likely position at the next level and one that he lists himself at on his Twitter bio.
Tennessee is the 10th offer for Justice, along with USC, Boston College, Indiana and San Diego State.
Justice athleticism definitely takes after his dad. The elder Justice attended Thomas Moore College on a basketball scholarship before being drafted by the Braves in the fourth round of the 1985 MLB amateur draft.
His dad debuted in the Majors at 23 years old and played for eight seasons with the Braves before being traded to the Oakland Athletics. In his eight seasons, Justice hit .275 with 160 home runs and more than 500 RBIs. Justice also knocked in the only run in the Braves 1995 World Series Game 6 clincher, a solo home run.