Temple OL Holds SMU Offer

Darius Joiner picked up an offer from SMU this spring. Is he interested?

It does not appear SMU has very many, if any, offensive line spots left in the Class of 2014. But one name to keep an eye on is Darius Joiner.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound guard out of Temple picked up an offer from the Mustangs when SMU defensive line coach Bert Hill saw him in action late in the spring.

"He came down to watch me and spent a lot of time talking to my high school coach. They have known each other for a while now," Joiner said. "Afterwards, my coach told me that he was offering me scholarship. I was pretty excited."

So how interested is he in SMU?

"I don't know very much about them and haven't done any research on them. But I do have some interest," he said. "I know it's close to home, which I like. My teammate Freddie Johnson committed there last year and had some good things to say about them."

But as mentioned, it does not appear SMU would have room to take Joiner unless one of the current pledges decommitted. On top of that, Joiner has yet to speak to any member of the SMU staff.

"I haven't talked to any of the coaches from there," he said. "Like I said, they offered through my coach so I don't know where I really stand or anything."

Over the last couple of months, Joiner has seen his recruitment skyrocket. He now holds offers from Arkansas, Colorado, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas State, Oregon State and Texas State. But one school stands above the rest.

"Houston is my favorite right now. I really like the program, and I talk to their coaches all the time," he said. "It's been pretty crazy to get all of these offers. My coaches have told me to keep working hard."

Joiner plans on visiting Houston next week and will make a decision by the end of August. He says a visit to SMU is ‘possible because it's not too far away, but we'll have to see.'

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