Joyner, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound linebacker from Havelock (N.C.), has visited all three favorite schools, plus NC State and South Carolina. He’s looking to visit Florida next week.
Joyner has already lost count of the amount of schools that have offered him a scholarship, though he believes it’s deep into the 20s. It’s no wonder that he was recently rated a five-star prospect and labeled the top prospect in the 2016 class by Scout.com.
“It means a lot,” Joyner said. “It means that I’m getting recognized for my talents. And everybody thinks highly of how I play.”
Wednesday’s visit to UNC was Joyner’s latest since attending a football game last fall.
“It went very well,” Joyner said. “I got to learn about the academic process and how they see things like how I would be stationed and what position. They have me doing many different types of things – covering the flats, blitzing, and sometimes taking one [receiver] and manning him up.”
Academics and position were discussed during a meeting with Larry Fedora in his office. Fedora envisions Joyner playing Bandit within UNC’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme. Having that sort of role is what attracts Joyner to UNC.
“I would really like it,” Joyner said. “It would give me the chance to do all-around type of things. It would give me a chance to be versatile on the field.”
Joyner is undecided on a college major, but said he’s leaning towards something in the engineering field.
Joyner made the visit to UNC on Wednesday with teammate and close friend Kyran Bowman. Bowman committed to the Tar Heels in March.
“I’d like to play with [Bowman] in college, because it’s good to know someone already,” Joyner said. “But I’m not going to go to a school because I have a friend there.”