Temple OL Has KSU in Top 3

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Darius Joiner out of Temple, Texas received a spring offer from Kansas State and has the Wildcats in his top three.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman holds offers from SEC, Big 12, and Pac-12 schools and is making plans to make his series of first campus visits which should help to shape his future decision.

"Kansas State offered me in late May," Joiner told KStateFans.com. "I've been talking with Coach Dickey about taking a trip out there soon. He didn't specify a position, just offensive line. He said he loves how well I use my feet for someone my size.

"You know, at first, I didn't know a lot about Kansas State, but then I did my research on them. They have a to Engineering program and that's what I want to pursue. With the team, I like what I've seen and the style of football they play."

Joiner is a two-year varsity starter for the Temple Wildcats. In his junior season, he was named first team All-District (Texas 8/5A Region 1). Joiner said his team is set to build off a 6-4 season that saw the Wildcats miss the playoffs by one game.

"We have a lot of good new guys coming in this year," he said. "I'm going to be playing left tackle. In the spring, I could tell I've gotten way faster and more steady."

Offers have come for Joiner from Arkansas, Colorado, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas State, Oregon State, SMU and others. Although he still hasn't made all of his visits, three schools stand out to him at the moment.

"Academics and finding a school with a good sports program are my top priority," explained Joiner. "I like Houston, Kansas State, and Iowa State in no particular order. I'm definitely going to be visiting those three schools. I'll be at Houston next week and then I might go to Colorado. I have a visit set up with Iowa State and I'll likely try to visit Kansas State in August."

Joiner wears No. 77 for the Wildcats. He's gifted in the classroom as well as the football field and reports an offer from Yale of the Ivy League.

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