Joyner talks ECU

Class of 2016 Marcus Joyner talks about what an ECU offer would mean for his recruiting process.

Rising senior Marcus Joyner from Camden High School (NC) has received two official offers so far in his recruiting process. Old Dominion and North Carolina Central are the first two schools to officially offer the defensive tackle. With the two offers under his belt, Joyner looks forward to more growth in the offer column in his recruiting process.

“It’s a good process,” explained Joyner. “It’s still the recruiting process that everyone knows but it’s been a good one for me. Not many people have the opportunity to go through this, so it’s a real blessing.”

The North Carolina native said that he has been talking with East Carolina lately and hopes to receive an official offer from ECU, the school he has always wanted to attend. One connection that has boosted Joyner’s relationship with ECU is with defensive line coach Marc Yellock.

“I like the coaches, Coach Yellock and I are connected,” said Joyner. “It’s basically like how he treats all of his other players as a father figure. Talking about life situations and how he went through this process and everything. Actually thinking about all the players and not just their football athletic abilities.”

While the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Joyner has not been on an official visit to Greenville, he has spent time on campus and has even been to an ECU football game.

“I’ve been to a game,” Joyner explained. “I liked the atmosphere. How they come out to Purple Haze in the smoke and then when they score a touchdown everyone goes crazy when the cannon goes off.”

With a year left at Camden High, Joyner has chosen the factors he will review when choosing the best school for him to continue his football and educational career. The defensive tackle hopes to major in athletic training, saying that education is one of the most important things he will look at.

Next for Joyner is playing time. Hoping to earn playing time as an under-classmen, he will have to take into account the current rosters. The North Carolina native said that he would prefer to stay in state and close to his family but it wouldn’t be the decided factor when choosing a school.

“It would mean a lot if they (ECU) offered,” Joyner said. “That’s the college I have wanted to play at. I just want to play there, I like it there a lot.”

While Joyner awaits the possibility of an ECU offer, he has taking advantage of all the opportunities he has been given so far in his recruiting process. One of those opportunities was participating in the Shrine Bowl Combine.

“It made my name go out there,” Joyner explained. “It was really big in the recruiting process. Being at the Shrine Bowl means you’re one of the best players in the state and colleges and coaches look at that.”

As a junior last season Joyner recorded 60 tackles, 10 sacks and six forced fumbles. With a season left in high school, Joyner said that he hopes to improve his game further to make a smooth transition to the next level. For now, he is looking further than the field and making the best choices for himself in the recruiting process to get there.

“It means a lot because I always looked up to my brothers who played football. Everyone has the aspirations to make it to the NFL but not everyone makes it. If I do I’d be happy but if not I want to still be around the game in athletic training.”

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