With everything going on right now, it feels a little strange to be writing about UCLA football recruiting, but UCLA football’s 2021 recruiting class picked up its first commitment on Tuesday night when three-star wide receiver DJ Justice from Bishop Alemany HS in Mission Hills announced on Twitter that he has committed to the Bruins. He is the son of former New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice.
In an interview with 247Sports.com, the younger Justice explained his decision:
I really like UCLA a lot. I visited back in February with my family and I’m very comfortable and have a good relationship with the coaching staff. I like Jimmy Dougherty, the receivers coach a lot. He’s the one who offered me. He treated me like family the very first time we met.
I had a chance to talk with Chip Kelly on my visit as well and I think he’s a good coach and a good guy. I like the overall atmosphere there at UCLA, it feels like family and a place where I can call home. I just think UCLA is the best all around fit for me on and off the field and it made me comfortable deciding early in the process.
According to his Hudl.com profile, Justice is 6’1” tall and weighs in at 180 pounds. Justice transferred to Bishop Alemany prior to the 2019 season after playing his freshman and sophomore seasons at Cathedral Catholic HS in San Diego.
Based on his junior year highlight video, Justice seems willing and able to layout to make a catch. It’s an underrated quality that could certainly benefit the Bruins who have been missing that type of receiver for a while. The other thing which also stood out was on display at the end of the video and that’s Justice’s willingness to block for other receivers when needed. Don’t get me wrong. He’s not ready to switch to tight end. It’s just that you don’t often see a receiver capable of making a crucial block downfield as can be seen in Justice’s video.
Let’s take a look at his junior year highlights from Hudl.com.
UCLA beat out quite a few schools to land Justice including Oregon, Utah, Penn State, Colorado, Arizona State, Miami and Auburn.
Welcome to Westwood, DJ!