Joiner sets the standard at Navarro

A big time defensive player who had one of the best seasons imaginable in 2008 has just started to garner some D-1 football interest, but Navarro DE/LB Brandon Joiner (6-3, 240) just keeps going about his business. caught up with the gifted pass-rusher recently and he updated us on things including what he thinks he does best and how he fits into a defense...

Joiner signed with Texas A&M after a standout career at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Tx., however he had some troubles once he arrived at College Station, so he headed home and started working.

"After I got home, I wanted to keep playing, but I started working," Joiner told "Then my old high school head coach told me that Navarro was interested in me and after I met with them, they gave me a scholarship and I got back to work and I had a good season last fall."

To say Joiner had a good season is a massive understatement. Not only did he total 108 tackles, but he also amassed 18 sacks from his defensive end position and he said he's sure he could fit into any defense a team wants to run.

"I played strong or weakside end and I also was a stand-up pass-rusher," Joiner said. "I think I can play both the run and pass well, but getting after the quarterback is what I do best just because it's what gets me going.

"I worked on my pass-rush moves a lot once I knew I was going to play at Navarro and that is what I really improved on a lot."

On the recruiting front, schools from across the country have started looking at the athletically gifted prospect who posted a 4.65 forty time, a 395 pound bench press and a 36-inch vertical.

"Colorado State is a school that has really started to talk to me a lot," Joiner said. "They like what I can do off the edge and how I can be versatile and play end or linebacker.

"LSU recently talked to me and Arkansas has started to show me some interest too and my coaches said a lot of schools have asked them about me, but I haven't asked them about who they are yet."

Joiner redshirted his first season at Texas A&M, so he'll have two years to play two following this season and he's on pace to sign with a school in December.

We'll have more from Joiner in the future as recruiting picks up.

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