The mystery of Keion Joyner's early departure from high school football

The mystery of Keion Joyner's early departure from high school football

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The mystery of Keion Joyner's early departure from high school football

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Keion Joyner is an Under Armour All-American. He’s one of the nation’s most sought after linebacker recruits, a can’t miss prospect who is expected to choose between LSU, Florida State and in-state North Carolina. Then, seven games into an undefeated season with Havelock High, his high school career was finished, and no one knows why.

Intrigue about Joyner and his suddenly questionable future peaked on Tuesday, when Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant told local media that Joyner was no longer a member of the school’s football team. There has been no acknowledgement of what precipitated Joyner’s premature departure, though the New Bern Sun Journal distinguished that Joyner was dismissed from the team as opposed to leaving of his own accord.

For his part, Joyner said on Twitter that whatever occurred leading up to his dismissal was “a misunderstanding.” He then announced that he would be taking an indefinite break from Twitter altogether.

None of that clears up A) what Joyner did to earn his ban, or B) what this means for his future. There has been no word from the Under Armour All-America Game indicating that Joyner’s dismissal from the Havelock football team would affect his standing with the game. Nor has there been any sense that Joyner is suddenly a less desirable prospect.

Of course, that may be tied into the mystery of exactly what Joyner did. Until more is known on that front, the four-star recruit may remain safe in the mystery that surrounds his final days as an official high school football player.

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