It's certainly been a long time coming for the 6-foot-6 Roper, who first burst onto the Duke recruiting radar two seasons ago, only to cement himself on top of the board in 2006 after a very strong showing at the Duke football combine in July.
Since that time it's been a constant stream of phone calls, visits, and letters from a number of schools including his three finalists – Duke, Louisville, and Oregon. Having already taken official visits with the Cardinals and Ducks, Roper tripped to Duke last weekend for one final look before decision time arose.
"I had a really good time at Duke. I had a chance to see the campus and really get a close look at the academic programs available. I also got a chance to stay over and see the basketball game with Virginia Tech – that was an awesome experience. When they hit that halfcourt shot to win it, I thought the place was going to explode."
But basketball wasn't the only thing that Justin had a chance to experience while in Durham.
"With their season being over I had a chance to really sit down and spend time with the players and coaches. I got a chance to talk in depth about a lot of things, then they left me with some of the players and told me to ask them anything I wanted. They were completely honest with me about everything. I know that Duke is going to get things turned around, and that's something I could be part of."
While Roper maintains that academics will be a very important part of his decision making process, one thing that is right there in terms of importance is the relationship he has with the coaching staff.
"I have to feel comfortable with the quarterbacks coach. He's the guy that I will be spending the next four or five years under and I want to have a good relationship with him. My top three schools all have great QB coaches."
So, if Roper had to make his decision tonight where would he be sending in his national letter of intent?
"I don't know yet. People at school ask me that and I've told them it could be a coin flip right now. There's so much to sink in."
While the Blue Devils may be in a dead heat, they will have the last shot to speak with Roper as assistant Glenn Spencer will be visiting with Justin and his family early next week.
"After that visit, I should have decision within a few days."