Joyner Down to Two Schools

Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas senior Lamarcus Joyner is one of the top recruits in the country, and holds scholarship offers from most of the top programs in the country. Joyner has now cut his list to two choices. What schools made the cut? Bill Greene has the exclusive story on Joyner's latest decision.

Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas senior star athlete Lamarcus Joyner is one of the more highly sought after recruits in the country, and holds offers from nearly every program in the United States.

Joyner, 5-foot-9, 170-pounds, has narrowed his final choice down to two schools, and indicated a final decision could be coming after the first of the year.

"I have narrowed my choices down to two schools," Joyner said this morning in a phone interview. "I'm considering the Florida Gators and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Things are starting to fall into place for me, and I'm seeing things a lot clearer at this point."

He also explained his decision to eliminate two schools from consideration after much thought on the subject.

"I have eliminated Florida State and Notre Dame," Joyner admitted. "There's nobody I respect more than Bobby Bowden and there was always a thought for me that I might want to play for him. Now, with Coach Bowden out of the picture, I am no longer considering Florida State. The uncertainty of the coaching situation at Notre Dame has caused me to also eliminate them."

Joyner, who will play in the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando on January 2nd, indicated his final decision should be announced in the next four to six weeks.

"My main focus is on winning a championship for St. Thomas," he stated. "Coach (George) Smith has been so great to me that I owe him my undivided attention every week as we try to win a state championship. I will be making my decision final after our season is completed. I could possibly make an announcement at the Under Armour game, but that hasn't been decided yet." will continue to monitor the situation and will update the Joyner situation as circumstances dictate.

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