Florida State’s loss is the University of Miami’s gain.
In the wake of Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher’s resignation to take a sweet, 10-year, $75-million deal from Texas A&M, South Dade High School’s Patrick Joyner announced his decommitment from the Seminoles on Sunday night to join coach Mark Richt and linebackers coach/defensive coordinator Manny Diaz as a future Hurricane.
The Miami Hurricanes’ heralded recruiting class of 2018 — otherwise known as #Storm18 — has gotten even stronger with the addition of the 6-2, 209-pound three-star/four-star weak-side defensive end who could play as an outside linebacker for UM.
After Joyner visited UM on Oct. 1, he told CaneSport.com it that “would take a lot” for UM to lure him. But as time went on, he got to know UM’s players and attended games at Hard Rock Stadium. Fisher’s resignation was the tipping point.
“Please respect my decision,” Joyner tweeted. “I would like to thank God for blessing [me] with an opportunity to play football at the next level. I would also like [to] thank all my coaches, friends, & family for their support through my recruiting process. But after a lot of praying & discussions with my parents I would like to say that I am fully committed to the UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. #STORM18#TrustTheProcess.’’
By early afternoon Monday his Twitter post had been retweeted 1,241 times and liked 3,474 times.
“I committed to coach Diaz,” Joyner told CanesSport.com. “I told him, ‘I’m ready to be a Cane.’ He was excited.”
Joyner, who transferred to South Dade from Keys Gate Charter, told CaneSport that Diaz said he’s “versatile and can still rush off the edge. … Coach Diaz said that I’d be a good fit at outside linebacker.”
InsidetheU.com reported that Joyner, 6-2 ½ and 209 pounds, will take his official visit to UM with his parents on Dec. 15. “I have been planning this for a while,” he told InsidetheU.com. “I love the coaches and all of the players there.”
Joyner told CaneSport he will sign in February rather than the early signing period later this month. He is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.com. ESPN.com has him as a four-star player.
His strengths, according to ESPN: “Fluid, athletic, long and explosive. Physical tackler with excellent range and ability to close quickly. Bottom line: Impressive athletic edge defender with the skills to play many spots.”
Miami’s 2018 recruiting class, with 20 commitments, is ranked fourth by ESPN behind Ohio State, Texas and Penn State; third by 247Sports behind Ohio State and Texas; and second by Rivals behind Ohio State.