Havelock (N.C.) 4-star linebacker Keion Joyner committed to Florida State after the Under Armour game on Saturday. Joyner was down to Florida State and LSU, and picked the Seminoles in large part because of defensive ends coach Brad Lawing.
“Florida State’s the right school for me because the coaching chemistry I have with coach Lawing,” Joyner said. “He’s up front and tells me everything. He doesn’t sugar coat. He’s just as real with me and I love that about people and coaches.”
Lawing built the relationship early with the talented linebacker, and that relationship paid off in the end when Joyner committed to him back in October.
“The first thing he ever said to me was, ‘One day I’m going to coach you,’" Joyner said. "Hearing that out of the gat, you just met the man, that’s not regular. But at the end of the day I told him and he was happy. You could tell he started smiling after the fact with how high his voice started getting and all that."
Joyner was kicked off his football team in October, and the next day coach Lawing was on the phone with him.
"The day after it happened we talked on the phone, and he was like, ‘I’m still coming after you. I’m going to talk to the coach and see if he will still let me recruit you, but I’m still coming after you,’" Joyner said. "That spoke volumes to me.”
The recent success that Florida State has had also played a factor in his commitment.
"It feels great to know that they’ve been somewhere that I want to be. Getting a championship," Joyner said. "The fact that I’m going to get a great coach as he’s maturing me as a player and as a man."
Joyner is the No. 193 rated prospect in the Scout 300 and the No. 10 outside linebacker.
National recruiting analyst Chad Simmons contributed to this report.