JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn. ? Team posted a 51-6-1 mark in 2002, winning the Tennessee State Championship and reaching the NJCAA regional finals ? Batted .405 with 12 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 31 RBI in 2002 ... Coached by Ken Campbell.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Virginia High School in Bristol, Va. ... Helped lead prep team to back-to-back region and district titles during junior and senior campaigns ... As a senior, earned first team All-State honors as an outfielder after batting .400 with 14 doubles, five home runs and 16 stolen bases ... Also posted an 8-1 mark with a 1.45 ERA on the hill, striking out 75 in 50 innings ... Hit .425 as a junior and .300 as a sophomore ... Garnered second team All-State honors in football as a tailback, rushing for over 1400 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns ... Coached by Mark Daniels.
PERSONAL: Full name is Justin David Branson ... Born Dec. 23, 1981 in Bristol, Va. ... Son of Don and Sharon Branson ... Has one sister Megan ... Admires Doug Flutie for the adversity he has overcome ... Major: Sociology.