Colleges anxious to see where versatile Mountain Brook star Harold Joiner fits best
Mountain Brook four-star athlete Harold Joiner plans on camping at Alabama next Monday to see where he best fits in with the Crimson Tide.
But he’s gone above and beyond to state his preference. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Joiner wants to play offense. He has more than 30 scholarship offers, with Southern Cal recently getting into the race. Alabama and Auburn have offered.
Many schools see high potential for Joyner, a starting running back for the Spartans the last two seasons, but not necessarily at the running back position. That’s why the camps this summer will be a key.
Joiner is built like he could grow into a star at many different positions, and has the moves and hands to shine offensively in any system.
“They want me to come to their camp and evaluate me and see which position they would want to put me at,” Joiner said.
“If they want me to do linebacker, I don’t know if I would do it. Only receiver and running back.
“Who doesn’t like scoring touchdowns? You rarely score on defense unless you get a pick. You get more joy out of running with the ball than from a defensive standpoint.”
Joyner just turned 17 on May 12, so he may not be done growing. He’s embraced the fact that he may have to play receiver. Joiner is ranked as the No. 5 running back nationally and No. 138 overall recruit in the 247Sports composite.
Alabama is the only school that has mentioned tight end to Joiner. The Crimson Tide just had O.J. Howard drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. But Joiner doesn’t want to play tight end.
“I feel like I’m more versatile,” Joyner said. “I’m not just a blocking and catching guy. I can make moves.”
Joyner released a top 12 recently, with Alabama and Auburn among the schools on it. He rushed for 744 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior and caught nine passes for 180 yards and two scores.
LSU and Auburn see his talent at the running back position, and that’s why LSU leads right now.
“They’re a powerful squad and they just feel like home down there,” Joiner said. “It’s a great feeling.”
Joiner likely will attend Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend on Saturday. The informal event allows for bonding with coaches and other recruits in a setting away from the field.
“(Running backs) Coach (Tim) Horton always texts me telling me that we want to coach you, we love you as a running back and they want me down there sometime,” Joiner said. “Coach (Gus) Malzahn told me they could switch me out to receiver.”
Joiner hopes to visit Michigan state, USC, Georgia and Texas this summer along with Alabama, Auburn and LSU. He could visit LSU on June 22.
He now says he may make a commitment before his senior season starts.