Joiner considering Huskers for official visit

Looking for a speed rusher? One of the best is right down I35 in Texas. He is sitting on double-digit offers right now and one is from Nebraska. Right now, Nebraska seems to be in line to get an official from this pass rushing specialist, but will the distance over the other schools be a factor?

This Texas Hot 100 prospect has been lying, half-way quietly, deep in the heart of Texas. Brandon Joiner is a serious DE/LB prospect from Killeen (Texas) Shoemaker. He has been working hard in the Texas heat.

"I've been working out and stuff," Joiner said. "We are outside in the morning. I can feel the heat come off the track right through my shoes working out."

Joiner doesn't have to improve much, but in the grander scheme of things he is trying to improve his technique. "I am trying to improve my technique a little bit. I know that I am not going to be a big, huge guy coming off of the edge. I am going to be a big of a smaller, faster guy. A technique guy."

"I am going to have the same strength as those big guys, but they won't have my technique. That is what I will improve along with my speed, my quickness and my strength."

When I say that Joiner doesn't have a lot to improve, I meant it. He turned in some unreal times at the Texas camp and measured in at a good height and weight. "I was at the Texas camp and ran a 4.47. I measured in at 6-foot-3 and 223 pounds."

The difference between Joiner and other defensive ends is obviously speed. "It's my quickness off of the line. I am able to maneuver around these big boys. I like to get after the quarterback and also chase down plays from the backside."

The question is now, is Joiner a linebacker or defensive end? Shoemaker has solved the question a little differently. This year they will be playing Joiner at both.

"I will be playing both this year. We have a play just for me when I move back to the linebacker position and we have a three linebacker set. The first time we ran it I had an interception."

While at Shoemaker, Joiner will be playing both positions, Joiner is really only hearing one position, but he is confident doing both. "Most people like me to play linebacker at the next level. I can play linebacker too. I can play in space."

The offers are hard to name off and be 100% accurate. He has offers from some of the best programs in the nation. "I have like 16 or 17 offers. I have offers from Tulsa, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Alabama, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UTEP, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and some others."

The favorites isn't an easy thing for Joiner to come up with now. He hasn't seen all of the campuses and he came to a realization about all schools. A realization that may require him to take a visit before really coming up with a list of leaders.

"I have been thinking about my favorites, but it's really hard to tell. I sat down and I realized that all colleges have the same program, but the difference is how you feel on the campus. I haven't seen all of the campuses to make a decision."

So far, Joiner has only been to see three schools. Two of them were for camps and the third was for another sport. "I have seen Texas A&M, Texas and Baylor. I was at A&M for a one day camp and Texas too. I went to Baylor for track."

Joiner hasn't thought about his official, but he said that he would want to take three if he had to set them up tomorrow. "If I had to take my officials now they would be to Arizona, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State. I haven't really thought past them."

One of the things that Nebraska has going for them is the coaching that Joiner knows that he will receive. "I heard that they have a really good defensive line coach. I heard that John Blake is very good with technique. I want to see if he can help me a little bit."

Nebraska is one of the furthest away schools that he is considering and distance could be a slight factor. However, the biggest thing is fulfilling a dream. "I would like to be close to my mom, but her dream for me is to get to go to college. I get to go to college and she doesn't have to pay for it. She's proud about me having the chance to go to college."


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