Mountain Brook, Ala.--Missing the bulk of his sophomore season after getting injured in the Hoover game last fall, big running back Harold Joiner is back with a vengeance as he prepares for his junior season with the Spartans. Already with an offer from Jacksonville State, the 6-3, 213 Joiner is hearing from both the Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide early in the process.
Back on the Plains for a camp visit, Joiner was one of the most impressive players to come through the Auburn campus this summer.
Deciding not to run his 40-yard dash at Auburn after clocking a 4.34 at Alabama, Joiner had a broad jump of 10 feet, six inches on Saturday and performed well in drills before shining in one-on-one pass catching situations.
He said both camps prepared him well for the season and also have the coaches a chance to show him some love.
“It has been fun,” Joiner said. “The camp (Auburn) was more chilled than Alabama, I guess. At Alabama they had us going through a ton of drills. We didn’t have any time to rest, but I liked it. There (at Auburn) you just chilled, but it was fun.
“I got good feedback from both,” he added of the rivals. “At Alabama, Coach (Nick) Saban talked to me. He was telling me he was going to invite me to some of the games and he was going to recruit me. Coach (Gus) Malzahn told me I did good and he wants me to come to some of the games.”
Also hearing from Mississippi State, Missouri and Ole Miss, Joiner said he really wants to play in the SEC.
“One of the coaches was telling me that the SEC is as close to the NFL as you can get.”