Highly recruited linebacker won't play for remainder of the season

Havelock High linebacker Keion Joyner is no longer a member of the football team.

Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant confirmed late Monday that senior was no longer on the team. He did not elaborate.

Joyner entered the 2015 season as one of the most highly-recruited players in the state. He held numerous offers from high-profile colleges and reportedly had narrowed his choices to a handful, including North Carolina, Louisiana State and Florida State as his favorites.

Joyner (6-3, 235) did not play and was not on the sidelines during Havelock’s 38-20 victory over White Oak on Thursday.

Through six games with the Rams this season, Joyner had 27 total tackles, including four for loss and one sack. He also had a fumble recovery. His shining moment of the season came when he tackled Greenville Rose’s Mydreon Vines short of the end zone on a 2-point conversion try, securing Havelock’s 49-48 victory over the previously unbeaten Rampants.

Last season as a junior, Joyner recorded 86 tackles with 5 1/2 sacks. He had a breakout sophomore season with 108 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

Joyner had been invited earlier this season to participate in the Under Armour All-American Bowl in January.