Wednesday, May 27, 2009

TOP PREP CORNERBACK HAS BUCKEYES IN HIS CROSSHAIRS


The last prep cornerback to come out of the state of Florida with Lamarcus Joyner's type of skills was a guy named Deion "Primetime" Sanders.

Joyner, a 5-9, 170-pound ball hawk from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the top rated cornerback in the nation (class of 2010) according to several scouting services and has offers on the table from Ohio State, Florida State, Florida, USC, Georgia and Tennessee.

But as of right now, it appears that he's really down to just two schools — (Deion's alma mater) Florida State and The Ohio State University. Scout.com has OSU rated as Joyner's leader.

The St. Thomas Aquinas player — who transferred in from Miami Southwest High School this spring — is a freak of an athlete, being clocked at 4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Scout.com Prep Combine in Miami. He's also listed as having just two-percent body fat.

According to his former coach at Southwest High, Patrick Burrows, Joyner is a pure football player. "If he played wide receiver, he'd be the No. 1 receiver in the nation," Burrows said in an interview with the Miami Herald. "If he played running back, he'd be top five. Right now, he's the No. 1 corner."

Aquinas head coach, George Smith, compared Joyner's abilities to that of former Florida star athlete and 2009 NFL first round pick, Percy Harvin.

Joyner stated that he will take his first "official" visit to Ohio State during the weekend of the USC game in September — making that much anticipated match-up with the Trojans even more meaningful.

Joyner has visited the campus already, though. He was in attendance at this year's OSU spring game.

The south Florida product said that he is interested in going "away" to college, "I've been in Miami for 18 years," Joyner told the Miami Herald. "I want to go away, experience life, grow as a person and mature."

Well, Columbus is definitely "getting away," and there's no better way to grow and mature as a person than under the great tutelage of Buckeyes head coach, Jim Tressel.