Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Q&A: Texas Tech commit Justin Stockton
By Bob Przybylo
Cibolo (Texas) Steele running back Justin Stockton doesn’t want his words to get twisted. He is still committed to Texas Tech. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to look at other schools.
Stockton went to Baylor’s junior day and said he intends to be at Oklahoma’s second junior day on March 9. He has offers from both the Bears and Sooners.
Class of 2014 running back Justin Stockton is committed to Texas Tech but is looking at other schools.
Stockton has become a prospect to watch after an incredible junior campaign in which he had 200 carries for 2,044 yards and 30 touchdowns in helping Cibolo Steele to a 14-1 record.
SoonerNation: You’ve been committed to Tech for the last month and recently got to go back to Lubbock for junior day. What was that like?
Justin Stockton: It was a humbling experience. I had a lot of fun, a lot of fun with the new coaching staff. Seeing the campus was a dream come true but not just yet. There’s still a lot of time to see what else happens.
SN: What is it about Kliff Kingsbury and what he’s doing that is making Tech so appealing right now?
Stockton: They’re bringing that spark back and bringing a lot of fire to the program. It’s an exciting time right now.
SN: Obviously Tech isn’t the only school looking at you. What are some other junior days you’re looking to hit?
Stockton: I went to Baylor’s junior day, and I’m going to OU’s junior day. This all surprises me. I just thank God for opening up all these doors for me.
SN: What schools talk to you the most?
Stockton: Tech and Baylor talk to me like every other day. I’m not going to make a final decision anytime soon because a lot can happen.
SN: Any favorite schools growing up?
Stockton: Alabama and Florida State.
SN: Huh? A San Antonio-area kid loving the Tide and Seminoles: what’s the story?
Stockton: I was born and raised in Florida and didn’t move to Texas until I was in eighth grade. My mom has always been a big Florida State fan. My uncle has always been about Bama. I don’t have the traditional Texas ties.
SN: Speaking of which, for most kids that live in Texas, OU is normally right up there on the list of favorites. What do you know about the Sooners?
Stockton: Not too much. I haven’t talked to Coach [Cale] Gundy in a while since he offered me on the phone, but I’m excited to see the campus and what OU has to offer.
SN: What did you learn about yourself as a player this season?
Stockton: I’m not a freshman anymore. No, seriously, I have a lot more responsibilities and have to do a lot more for the team. It’s a process, have to grow up and mature.
SN: Your numbers indicate you did a pretty good job at doing that. What’s next heading into your senior season?
Stockton: You can always work on something. I’m trying to get stronger and faster and have to learn to be that vocal leader. I like to lead by example, but I’m going to have to be more vocal coming up.