The Florida State football program has once again hopped the proverbial fence around the greater Miami area, securing the commitment of defensive end Patrick Joyner from Homestead, Florida. Joyner, currently classified as a weak-side defensive end, attends South Dade High School and is a composite three-star recruit. He’s presently ranked as the country’s No. 46 WDE and the 143rd best player in the state. Joyner also has offers from Syracuse, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, USF, UCF, and FAU.
Our Bud Elliott, who has seen Joyner on the gridiron, offers this analysis of the newest Seminole: Joyner is 6'2.5, 209 as of a month ago, measured at the Miami Nike Opening Regional. He profiles as a jack linebacker or edge rusher type. He impressed in pass rush drills at the event, using his quickness and agility and posted a 4.43 shuttle time and a 35-inch vertical at the event. I think he is appropriately rated at three-stars, pending seeing him more in his senior season, but his No. 925 national overall ranking does seem low.
“There was lots of excitement,” Joyner said of the reaction of FSU and his family. “Awesome program. I feel like I fit in perfectly.” Joyner is the third defensive end committed to Florida State from the class of 2018, which is currently ranked fifth, nationally.