”It was a learning experience for us,” said Keion Joyner. “We’re just going to get back to work and get ready for next week.
Over the past several months, the 6-foot-3, 222-pound Joyner, the No. 2 prospect in the 2016 class, has become one of the most sought-after players in the country with scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others.
While he has numerous offers, Joyner said Auburn, Florida, LSU and North Carolina are recruiting him the hardest. He has developed the strongest relationship with coaches from two of those schools.
”I’d say I’m the closest with coach (Larry) Fedora (North Carolina) and (defensive coordinator) coach (Ellis) Johnson (Auburn),” Joyner said. “I talk to coach Fedora every couple weeks and he tells me he wants to not only recruit me, but my family, too. I talk to coach Johnson about the same amount. We always talk about how he wants me to come visit again and how well I’d fit in their program.”
His most recent visit was Florida.
”I thought it was a good trip,” Joyner said. “It was good to see how they run things down there and I was also impressed with the academics. I know you I'd get a great education down there.
”I really enjoyed talking the guy who showed me around. He talked to me about what he majored in, how well he was treated and how it was like a family down there.”
While on campus, he had a chance to talk to multiple coaches.
”I spoke with (defensive line) coach (Brad) Lawing, who’s recruiting me,” Joyner said. “He talked to me about where I would play for them and told me I would be a key part of their defense.
”I also able to sit down and talk to coach (Will) Muschamp for a while and he said I’d be a great fit in their defense. We talked about all the players he has sent to the NFL and their work ethics.”
Although Joyner claimed a few favorites early, he has taken a step back to reevaluate things.
”I don’t really have a top school or schools right now,” Joyner said. “I’m just open to everyone. More schools are starting to recruit me and I’m just enjoying the process right now.”
What’s next for Joyner?
”I don’t have any visits planned right now,” he said. “I’m just trying to focus on school and football.”
In regards to upcoming trips this fall, Joyner said he plans to try to get Auburn, Florida, LSU, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Against New Bern, Joyner finished with nine total tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and a blocked punt.
Havelock is 1-1 and plays at home tomorrow against Jones Senior.