Harold Joiner meets with Alabama coaches (Photo Provided)

Alabama coaches compare in-state running back Harold Joiner to Derrick Henry

Alabama hosted top prospects in multiple classes during its home opener Saturday and one of them got compared to the reigning Heisman winner while in town.

Mountain Brook (Ala.) junior running back Harold Joiner is a class of 2018 prospect many will become more familiar with. He missed most of 2015 with an injury but he is now healthy, has a scholarship offer from Jacksonville State in and had a banner offseason. 

Scout saw him on the camp trail and heard of big-time results, including a reported sub 4.4-second 40-yard dash during time at an Alabama Crimson Tide camp. He was in Tuscaloosa Saturday for its home-opening victory over Western Kentucky and many members of the coaching staff spent at least a little time with the 6-foot-2, 220-pound talent.


"Coach [Mario] Cristobal said he'd invite me down to watch a few practices," Joiner said. "I got to talk to [Nick] Saban before the game and after the game I talked to him and all of the other coaches. Also got to go in the locker room before the game. He (Saban) was asking if I was doing good this season and coach Cristobal and [Burton] Burns were telling me they can't wait until I'm apart of that university. 

"Coach Burns said just keep doing what I'm doing."

During the game, the emerging prospect said the UA offense stood out despite not gashing the Hilltopper defense on the ground. 

"The way they ran the ball and and balanced out the passing and run game," he said.

Joiner, who is also a more than capable pass-catcher (summer video below), drew a big compliment from Alabama's running back coach after the victory.

"Coach Burns compared me to Derrick Henry, so I should be fine," he said of his game. "I'm big, tall and physical. I get better with watching film and offseason work. I've had some good games but my standards are high."

Seemingly closing on on his first Power 5 offer, Joiner is also being recruited by AuburnMississippi and Memphis

Watch Joiner work at Auburn's summer camp:

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