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Harold Joiner 'always had interest' in Tennessee

Tennessee's offense has shown it can be productive with a larger running back. That trait isn't lost on bruising ball carrier Harold Joiner.

BUFORD, Ga. — Harold Joiner detailed what he sees when he watches Tennessee’s offense on fall Saturdays succinctly: “Speed.”

The Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School running back had his interest in the Big Orange after seeing a player of similar size play the same position. Joiner is 6 feet 4, 218 pounds and had his eyes opened watching Jalen Hurd.

Larry Scott is in his first semester as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator but the philosophy will stay the same under fifth-year head coach Butch Jones. How the Vols move the chains and put points on the board is to Joiner’s liking.

“It’s pretty good,” Joiner told InsideTennessee. “They always have a good O-line. Coaching seems great.”

Tennessee became the Scout three-star prospect’s 21st scholarship offer when linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen shared the news on March 22.

“It was pretty exciting,” Joiner said. “I’ve always wanted that offer. I have plenty of offers, but I’ve always had interest in that school. Their offense is pretty nice, and it’s always powerful and I used to watch Jalen Hurd but I don’t know what happened to him.”

Thigpen heads up Tennessee’s recruitment of the state of Alabama.

“(Thigpen)’s been nice, but he’s just been telling me how I should come down and stuff and where he’s been and just asking me questions about like my daily life and stuff,” the Scout No. 2-ranked runner in the Yellowhammer State’s 2018 class said.

Offers that have not yet come that Joiner said he would like to see pull the tigger include Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Ohio State.

“I’m open to every school right now,” Joiner said.

College coaches tell the bruising back that they love his power-speed combination. At The Opening Atlanta he was electronically timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.76 seconds.

“They say that it’s neat that I’m really big and versatile and how I move is unbelievable because I’m so big,” Joiner said.

Getting Joiner to make his way to Knoxville is pivotal if the Orange & White is to become a finalist for him. Nothing is planned presently but that’s nothing new for the three-star.

“I’m not sure. Everything is like a last-minute thing for me,” said Joiner, who recently visited UAB.

“I may wait until this fall, but I’m not sure.”

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