Joyner: 'I Felt Comfortable'

Committing to East Carolina was an easy decision for Greenville (NC) Rose safety Max Joyner.

Committing to East Carolina was an easy decision for Greenville (NC) Rose safety Max Joyner.

"I grew up in Greenville my whole life, and they've been giving me a lot of interest for two years," said Joyner, who is currently at camp with his team. "They talked to me at camp about committing and when I came back for a passing camp we talked some more, and I decided it was the best fit so I committed."

"I met the defensive backs coach before my junior year, and he told me to keep working," Joyner added. "I came back and liked what he saw and encouraged me. I like the surroundings and I felt comfortable committing to ECU."

Joyner added that he had received some interest from North Carolina and Virginia prior to committing.

"I went to Carolina's camp," he said. "They were interested, but I think I had a better feeling with the ECU coaches. They talked to me more and gave me more attention. Virginia was sending me letters, and I was suppose to camp there the weekend after I committed."

Entering his second season as a starter at free safety for Greenville (NC) Rose High School, Joyner was tabbed all-county after recording seven interceptions in 2006. What are his goals for the upcoming season?

"I'd like to help take the team back to a state championship. We want to win a conference championship, and I want to get eight or nine interceptions. I also want to be 205 pounds before football starts."

At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, he has been timed at 4.6 in the 40 yard dash. With a frame that could hold additional weight, Joyner could end up a linebacker after enrolling at East Carolina.

"The ECU coaches talked about if I gained some weight they could move me to linebacker, but right now I'm going to be a safety," he said. "They said that if they redshirted me I could maybe add some pounds and play linebacker but I will start out at free safety."

Max Joyner is East Carolina's fourth known commitment in the 2008 class, joining fellow in-state products Marquan Brown, Joe Womack, and Darius Spencer.

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