The tumultuous high school career of linebacker Keion Joyner, who had one point was ranked as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2016, came to an equally tumultuous end at the Under Armour All-America Game.
Joyner committed to Florida State, but the news was communicated in an unexpected way.
ESPN taped Joyner committing to Florida State from its set along the field at the Citrus Bowl. The plan was for the video to be released at a later date. The audio was inadvertently played in the press box and was audible on the field, other players said.
Joyner did not realize that was happening. When reporters spoke to him after the game, he said he had not committed to Florida State because the news was not supposed to leak. ESPN eventually released the video (as seen above) and Joyner tweeted his three-letter commitment.
On the video, he said he ended the recruiting process because, “I just got tired about being hassled about it and just people asking me,” said Joyner.
He added his connection with FSU defensive ends/outside linebacker coach Brad Lawing was instrumental in his recruitment.
“The coaching chemistry that me and Coach Lawing have. He was checking out my grades and he just wanted to stay on top of things,” Joyner said.
Joyner is ranked as the No. 7 player at his position, No. 3 player in North Carolina and No. 84 overall.
He played only three games at Havelock (N.C.) this season before being dismissed from the team for reasons that have not been explained. At the time, Joyner tweeted “It’s all a misunderstanding,” and then said he was taking a break from social media.
Joyner’s addition moved Florida State to No. 2 behind LSU in 247Sports’ recruiting rankings, among others, as duly noted by Florida State assistant coach Tim Brewster.