Five-Star LB Enjoys Return Trip To Auburn

2016 five-star linebacker Keion Joyner (Havelock, N.C.) talks about his trip to see the Auburn Tigers and why he has them in his top five.

Havelock, N.C.--Already a five-star prospect for the 2016 recruiting class, Keion Joyner has offers from across the country including many in the SEC and ACC. This week he had the opportunity to check out one of his favorites for a second time when he traveled to see Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers.

Spending time with Malzahn and Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson as well as getting a look at the basketball side of things, the 6-2, 207 linebacker said that having the chance to spend two days on the campus was big for him because he got to see everything about what life would be like as a Tiger. That including seeing a practice as well as getting to know the players on the team.

"It was a good experience to visit the academic center and to walk around and just visit the school," Joyner said. "I got to see the differences in the dorm rooms compared to other colleges. They have a good academic center too. They want their students to get a great education. It was nice to visit the basketball court too and see the athletic facilities.

"I like the players," he added. "I like the up-tempo defense and offense that they have. I love the system they have in place."

It was the second visit for Joyner to the Plains in the last five months after he visited for the Iron Bowl last season. In the stands for one of the biggest moments in Auburn football history, Joyner said that experience made a lasting impression on him.

"It was pretty good," Joyner said. "I was on the field as soon as he was running it back. To have the whole crowd rush the field with me on it was a pretty good experience."

That game was one of the signature moments from a unforgettable Auburn season as the Tigers went from 3-9 the season before to winning 12 games and the SEC Championship under Malzahn. Seeing the turnaround and the drive to win from the coaches, Joyner said that's just part of what he likes about the job they are doing.

"They love to be in a winning environment," Joyner said. "They love to bring players together, not just as players, but as a family system. They want to see you do great in life with hard work and to show dedication."

With a second look under his belt and plenty of knowledge about the Tigers, Joyner said at the moment Auburn would be in his early top five along with LSU and North Carolina. He said Alabama is another school he likes, but he hasn't really talked them. He hasn't settled on any other schools at the moment, but he added that he's just taking his time with things to make sure he makes the right choice for him down the road.

"I'm king of enjoying it knowing all my hard work and what I'm doing now is paying off," Joyner said. "It's going to help me out in the long run with getting a college education and doing something I really love."

As a sophomore Joyner finished with 101 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, seven and a half sacks, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

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