Five-Star Joyner Talks Freak Show

Keion Joyner was relegated to the sidelines, but his Freak Show visit proved to be a learning experience.

Despite knowing he wasn’t going to be able to participate, five-star linebacker Keion Joyner attended Fedora’s Freak Show on Saturday.

“It was a really good experience for everyone to get to bond and get to know each other and to be taught something that they haven’t been taught before,” Joyner said. “I liked seeing the players come back – it means a lot. Just knowing that the players love the school so much to come back means a lot.“

During a recent spotlight camp, Joyner, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Havelock (N.C.), broke his nose. He has yet to be cleared for physical contact.

“It was hard [attending the Freak Show as a spectator], because I had to sit there and watch,” Joyner said. “But I used it as an opportunity to learn.”

Joyner’s professor for the night: John Papuchis, UNC’s linebackers coach. Joyner attentively focused on how Papuchis coached a talented group of linebackers during the Freak Show.

“I like his enthusiasm to coaching,” Joyner said.

Before the Freak Show began, Joyner met separately with both Gene Chizik and Larry Fedora.

“Chizik just showed me what I’d be doing in their defense if I were to come there,” Joyner said.

“Coach Fedora thanked me for coming and talked to me about coming back.”

Joyner plans to return to Chapel Hill for a football game this fall. He also plans on taking additional summer visits, but hasn’t determined the exact destinations.

At this stage of his recruitment, Joyner, who plans to make a verbal commitment at the Under Armour All-American Game, is favoring three schools: Florida State, LSU, and UNC.

“I like the coaches, the defense, and the schools,” Joyner said.

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