Joyner, a 6-foot-3, 222-pound linebacker from Havelock (N.C.), is teammates with Kyran Bowman, who verbally committed to UNC in March.
“To be honest, that doesn’t really factor in,” Joyner said. “Knowing there’s another player in the same class, and we’re both trying to achieve the same goals helps.”
Joyner said that Bowman isn’t recruiting him for UNC. However, he admitted that when the two visited Chapel Hill together a couple of weeks ago it improved the experience.
“Just being with him around the coaches was fun,” Joyner said. “Since he’s going there, I’m able to see the things that he likes. I can compare what he likes to what I like.”
Joyner’s visit to Florida was his first to Gainesville.
“It went really well,” Joyner said. “I like seeing the practice – how physical the players are, how devoted the team is, how they talk to each other, [and] how everybody wants to push themselves to get better not just as a team but as a player.”
Brad Lawing, who coached at Havelock High (1980-82), is recruiting Joyner for Florida.
“It means a lot because he came from the same place I came from,” Joyner said. “And knowing that he’s been here, he can relate to me.”
Even though Joyner currently resides in Havelock, N.C., he’s originally from Louisiana.
“I still claim Louisiana – I just love it down there,” Joyner said. “But I’m really starting to like North Carolina a lot.”
Joyner still has family in Louisiana and grew up an LSU fan.
“It helps them a little bit knowing all my family can go to the games,” Joyner said.
Despite that thought, Joyner says LSU isn’t his leader.