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Miami Hurricanes 2018 Recruit Notebook: LB Patrick Joyner

A big and tough defender who said “bye Felisha” to FSU and is staying home in the 305.

Miami is getting a big, tough player in Homestead (FL) LB Patrick Joyner.

In this installment of the Recruit Notebook, we meet a player who perfectly fits the mold of what DC Manny Diaz wants on defense: LB Patrick Joyner.


With 3 starting linebackers returning in 2018, the Miami Hurricanes were able to be selective in their recruitment at this position. Since low numbers were needed, the Canes were able to focus on a target, and bring him in this year.

After several names popped on and off the board for Miami, the Canes focused their recruiting at LB to one player: Homestead (FL) South Dade LB Patrick Joyner. The 6’3” 220lb Joyner has the size and tenacious mentality that Miami wants on defense, and specifically from the Linebackers. There was one issue with Miami’s recruitment of Joyner, however:

He was committed to Florida State.

Sometimes, the fact that a player is committed elsewhere is a deterrent. For Manny Diaz, it was nothing more than a bump in the road. The Canes’ DC met with Joyner a couple of times, and spoke with him often throughout the cycle, and laid the perfect foundation to flip him from FSU.

After months of hard work on the recruiting trail, Diaz got his man when Joyner finally flipped from FSU to Miami in early December, just weeks before the Early Signing Period.

During the season while Miami was laying the foundation for Joyner to flip from their hated rivals, Joyner was a strong and dominant player for South Dade. Teaming with fellow 2018 commit CB D.J. Ivey and premium 2019 targets DB Tyrique Stevenson and WR Frank Ladson — the latter players could both be 5-star recruits next cycle — Joyner led the Buccaneers into the 8A playoffs. Joyner played abit out of position, mainly lining up at DE, but he’ll move full-time to Linebacker at Miami.

I can’t say this enough, but getting Joyner in this class is big not only because he adds a talented player to Miami’s roster, but getting him to flip from FSU means the Seminoles lost a talented recruit who would have been on their roster. That, my friends, is a win-win situation if ever I’ve seen one.

Recruiting Ranking

On the 247sports composite, Joyner is a 4-star prospect, the #53 Weakside DE in this class (but he’ll play LB in college), #138 in the State of Florida, and #937 recruit overall.

Joyner committed to Miami after flipping from Florida State, and over a list of 17 scholarship offers from around the country.

Joyner as a player

Joyner has great size at 6’3” 220lbs. He should stay at that weight or maybe add a bit of size moving forward.

As one of the bigger players on his HS team, Joyner was moved down to DE very often. He was even ranked as a DE by every recruiting service. This is something that happens often in SoFLA, where teams put players who would otherwise play LB or DB at DE because they have the athleticism to impact HSFB games more from the line. That means that Joyner has gotten some good pass rushing experience, but not as much LB work as he would have.

Like most HSFB recruits, Joyner can add strength as he moves forward to college. He should be good against the run, having played DE, but he’ll need work on the finer points of LB technique, and Manny Diaz’s tackling technique (which is different than what some others teach).

Also, in that he mainly played DE in high school, Joyner will need work as a pass defender in space at the next level.


  • Physical development
  • Experience at multiple positions
  • Pass rush ability


  • Technique
  • Tackling
  • Pass coverage

2018 Outlook

Miami needs talented LBs to prepare to replace the starting LB trio of Shaquille Quarterman, Michael Picnkney and Zach McCloud in a couple years. Joyner fits the bill with his size and athletic ability, and should be able to find his way into PT a a freshman

Chances for a redshirt: 2/10

Joyner is a better athlete and prospect than the returning non-starters at Linebacker. Due to that, and because Miami is known for putting the best players on the field, Joyner should have a good chance to see playing time with the #2 defense, and also on special teams, where Freshmen begin to gain experience at the collegiate level.

That’s it for this installment of the Recruit Notebook.

Go Canes