Joyner's Recruitment Is Heating Up

Southwest Miami star junior athlete Lamarcus Joyner is one of the top prospects in the 2010 Florida class. Joyner already holds several offers, and continues to draw heavy interest in recruiting circles. Is Joyner looking to play college football outside the state of Florida? Bill Greene has more on this exciting prospect.

Southwest Miami [Fla.] star athlete Lamarcus Joyner is proof positive that good things come in small packages. Although Joyner is only listed at 5-foot-9 and 175-pounds, he is wowing college recruiters with his great speed, and tremendous quickness.

"Recruiting is going really great right now," Joyner stated. "I have offers from Florida State, Miami, Cal, Ohio State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida, and a lot of other schools. I kind of expected to see this kind of attention, because I had a great year in 2008, and most of these schools were asking about me before the season started."

Joyner has consistently listed one of the in-state schools as his favorite, and that has remained constant throughout the process.

"I rooted for Florida State growing up, and they're my favorite school today," he admitted. "My area is totally Miami Hurricane country, but I never rooted for the Canes. For some reason I always rooted against my home town team, and I always followed Florida State."

Joyner is receiving recruiting interest from all over the country, and has given considerable thought to leaving the state of Florida to play college football.

"I could see myself leaving the state to go to college," Joyner said. "I might like doing something different, and make my mark in another area of the country. I think it would help me mature, and make me grow up into a man. I'm not saying I'm leaving Florida for sure, but I'm looking at all my options right now."

Joyner is magical with the football in his hands, but he also projects as a tremendous defensive back prospect at the next level.

"I think I'm a cornerback at the next level," he explained. "Most definitely I see myself playing defense in college. I have great cover skills. I play physical, but I also have the speed to play the position. I think cornerback will be my position if I am to make it at the next level. I also love returning kicks, and love playing special teams. I'd like to play both ways, if possible, by playing receiver on offense, too. I just love playing the game, and contributing to my team winning."

Joyner's film is highly impressive, but one play stands out above all others. In a game against Miami Palmetto, Joyner caught legendary speedster Jaamal Berry from behind, exhibiting amazing closing speed.

"Of course, I remember that play," Joyner said with a laugh. "I think Jaamal was surprised that somebody was able to track him down so easily. I took the right angle, and just ran as hard as I could. Some guys have track speed, and some guys have football speed, but people tell me I have both. I seem to run faster on the football field than I think I can, and I don't know why. I think Jaamal was embarrassed to be caught, because he's not used to having that happen. I ran a 4.34 forty-yard dash at the combine last year, so we're pretty close in speed."

Joyner has been visited at his school by Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel this week. Joyner spoke of his interest in the Buckeyes.

"Ohio State is a great program, and I'm very high on them," Joyner stressed. "I'd love to be a part of a program like that one, but there's a long way to go in my recruitment. Coach [Jim] Tressel seems like a great guy, and the program speaks for itself. They are always winning, and I'm really starting to like the program a lot. I know they have the two kids from Miami Krop [Travis Howard and Etienne Sabino], and they're both great players. I'm definitely going to be checking Ohio State out over the next year."

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