South's No. 20 OLB Patrick Joyner, Jr. Says Yes to Florida State

Florida State reeled in a Friday commitment from the South's 20th-ranked outside linebacker, Patrick Joyner, Jr., who breaks it all down with Scout.

Tyrique Stevenson kicked things off earlier this morning by committing to Florida, and now Patrick Joyner, the South's 20th-ranked outside linebacker, has also found a home on the collegiate level.

Joyner, a teammate of Stevenson at Homestead (Fla.) South Dade, is off the market and committed to coach Jimbo Fisher and Florida State, who gladly welcomed him into the fold on Friday afternoon.

IllinoisIndianaMarylandSyracuseOregon State and UCF are some additional offers on the table for Joyner, who measures in at a chiseled 6-foot-2, 225 pounds.

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"I feel like FSU is the perfect fit for me," Joyner said. "They have a great program, and I also like that it's close to home."

Joyner, who plans to journey up to Tallahassee for a visit on Monday, says the hiccups will be at a minimal in regards to his transition into coach Charles Kelly's defense.

"I like how the administration supports the football players academically," Joyner said. "They also use the same defense my team uses, so it wouldn't be hard for me to adapt."

The South Florida native has constructed tight-knit relationships with not one but multiple coaches representing the garnet and gold.

"I've been building a relationship with (linebackers) coach Bill Miller and Jimbo Fisher," Joyner said. "I just like the way they coach, and the success they have while doing it."

Joyner is also tagged as the nation's 78th-ranked outside linebacker and seventh-ranked outside linebacker in Florida.

The Opening Miami Evaluation:

Joyner, a fast-rising, lengthy junior, passes the eye test at an intriguing 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. Most of his suitors envision him playing outside linebacker, but it was at defensive end where Joyner turned heads on Sunday. The three-star prospect was light on his feet and did a nice job of putting offensive linemen where he wants them to be. Joyner played under control while showing some bounce in his game as well. The offers should really start to pour in during the spring evaluation period.


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