Joyer finds new Big East home

Kamran Joyer has found a new college home. The former 2009 USF signee made a visit to Louisville last week and the 6-3, 295-pound offensive lineman will play this season in the Big East.

South Florida's loss was a significant gain to Louisville's 2009 recruiting class. That's because former USF signee Kamran Joyer made it official with the Cardinals during his visit late last week.

"He signed with Louisville on Friday," Kamran's father, Jack Joyer told Monday morning. "He loved the coaches and the campus up there and he hung out with some of the players. He's excited to be there and he's ready to go."

A three-star offensive lineman, Joyer ran into admissions problems at USF. When the schools administrators couldn't guarantee his admission for the 2009-10 school year, Joyer sought and received his release.

"South Florida just didn't want him to go to Louisville," Joyer said. "Right before summer school they said his transcript was different from another transcript they had so they questioned it and sent it to the NCAA. The NCAA looked at it and pulled his eligibility back until they examined it. So they checked it all out and cleared him again. So USF threw that in the papers to scare off Rutgers or Louisville."

Joyer is a significant pick-up for Louisville. He was the 5-A District 8 player of the year in Florida and was also the state champion in the shot put. One of the top prospects in the Tampa-area, Joyer can play either center or guard and could help Louisville on the offensive line this season, probably at guard.

A physically-strong lineman, Joyer had the best bench press in the state this year at 440-pounds and placed second in the state weightlifting competition with a 330-pound clean and jerk, losing the title by only five pounds. He also runs a 5-flat forty yard dash.

"We're going to drive up there August 3rd or 4th," Joyer said. "He's all cleared by the NCAA and Louisville checked out all of his transcripts. So it was just sour grapes by USF. He's also going to shot put and get his master's degree. He plans to be a principal when he graduates."

Joyer said his son will also shot-put for the Louisville track team.

"We've put it behind us and he's a Louisville Cardinal now," Joyer said.

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