Havelock's Joyner named top recruit in nation for 2016


Havelock's Keion Joyner comes in to sack Concord quarterback Keenan Black (12), forcing a fumble, during the state 3A championship game last year. Joyner, a rising junior, has been named the top high school recruit in the nation for 2016.

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Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 05:56 PM.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Havelock rising junior Keion Joyner gained added attention and prestige – nationwide.

Scout.com, a prominent college athletics recruiting website, announced that Joyner is its No. 1 football recruit in the nation for the class of 2016.

The 16-year-old stands 6-foot-3 inches tall and weighs 215 pounds. He powercleans 270 pounds, runs a 4.58 40-yard dash and has a 31-inch vertical leap.

Scott Kennedy, Scout.com’s national executive director of scouting, describes Joyner as a “terrific pass rusher, both patient and aggressive, incredibly fast chasing plays down from the backside.”

He added that “Joyner’s skill set gives him the versatility to play in any defensive scheme.”

Joyner already holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, LSU, N.C. State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma – a total of 16 offers.

“It feels really good but I don’t let it get too crazy for me,” Joyner said. “It is just a credit to everyone around me who has pushed me and made me better.

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