Mountain Brook, Ala.--Measuring in at 6-4, 218 pounds and coming in second in the overall Sparq rankings that Nike compiles based on factors such as 40-yard dash, vertical leap and broad jump, class of 2018 running back Harold Joiner was one of the more impressive players at Sunday’s Atlanta Opening regional.
It was no surprise to see him perform well after bursting onto the scene last season for the Spartans in his first healthy season with the program. Coming back from a knee injury as a sophomore he shared time in the backfield.
Even without a heavy workload he was still impressive enough to garner offers from Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA and many others.
Now preparing for spring practice and his senior season, Joiner said he has really enjoying the recruiting process so far as he tries to narrow things down to a final school. That includes taking visits to many of his favorites, something he said has been important for him.
“It’s pretty crazy and it gets annoying, but you kind of have to do it just for your future,” Joiner said. “The visits are good because I have to get a good feel for it. I like it.”
Joiner going through drills on Sunday.
Currently without an “official” top group at the moment, Joiner said he likes LSU and Auburn the most at the moment.
Getting an early offer from Coach Gus Malzahn’s football program and building a strong bond with Tim Horton dating back to a camp date last summer, the in-state back said he likes what he sees on the Plains.
“Coach Horton is basically a family guy,” Joiner said. “He’s really nice. They run a similar offense as we do so I would fit in well with the offense.”
A team that has been steadily coming on is LSU. Showing more and more interest in Joiner since offering in early March, Coach Ed Orgeron’s program is building momentum with the big back.
“Coach Orgeron is a really Christian guy and he’s really nice,” Joiner said. “He was telling me that they are a family and how they all stick together. I like their offense because three years ago when I went to Vestavia we ran under shotgun and I was pretty successful in that offense.”
Planning to make a decision in December sometime after his senior season, Joiner said he’s ready to get back on the field and get his shot to carry the load at Mountain Brook.
“I’m pretty excited,” Joiner said. “I’m just trying to take advantage of every chance I get.”