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Tracking the Stars of the Future

Football Recruiting Report
Friday, July 6, 2007

By Sammy Batten

RECRUITING THUMBNAILS:  2006  •  2007  •  2008

Joyner reinforces the ties that bind

By Sammy Batten
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Max Joyner, Jr., hasn’t missed an East Carolina University home football game since childhood.

“I’ve missed just one game in 30 years,’’ Joyner’s father, Max ,Sr., said last week. “He’s 17, so since he was probably three or four or five years old he’s been to every home game. My parents live a block from the stadium and I’m about a mile away.

“You could say we’re an East Carolina family.’’

Max, Jr., a talented safety at Greenville’s Rose High School, decided to add to the family tradition recently by accepting a scholarship to join the ECU football program in 2008.

The Pirates extended the offer when Joyner attended the school’s football camp in early June.

“Max is kind of a reserved guy,’’ Rose High coach Greg Thomas said. “As a matter of fact, he didn’t even tell me (about offer). Their coaches told me. (Offensive coordinator) Coach (Steve) Shankweiler called me up after camp was over and said they had offered Max.

“They talked to Max’s father and they accepted. He’s looking forward to going over to East Carolina next year.’’

First, Joyner will complete what has been a stellar career with the Rose High Rampants, the reigning four-time 4-A state champions.

Joyner has played a role in two of those titles. After playing with the Rose junior varsity as a freshman and sophomore, Joyner was promoted to the varsity for the playoff run to the 2005 state championship.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder then earned a starting job at free safety last season, making seven interceptions. He also played some wide receiver for the Rampants.

“He was also very involved in helping to stop the running game,’’ Thomas said. “He’s not afraid to come up and get in the mix.’’

Thomas said Joyner could grow into a linebacker once he enrolls at ECU.

“With his frame he can put on some more weight,’’ Thomas said. “If things don’t work out in the secondary, he could move up to outside linebacker. He’s a very athletic kid, who runs well and is physical.’’

The Pirates began courting Joyner during last year’s run to the state crown. Other schools, such as North Carolina and Virginia, were also showing interest, Thomas said.

“A lot of people were interested in him, but he’s always dreamed of playing for East Carolina,’’ Thomas said. “Everything has just worked out perfectly for him.’’

And for his family.

His father, mother and grandfather attended East Carolina.

“I went there from 1976 to 1982, and then I went into business with my father,’’ Max Joyner, Sr., said. “So he’ll be carrying on a tradition. We’re very proud of Max.’’

Joyner is the fourth player to make a verbal commitment to the Pirates for the Class of 2008. All four are products of North Carolina high schools, and three of the four hail from the Eastern part of the state.

In another recruiting note involving East Carolina, quarterback Zach Frazer has decided to transfer to Connecticut.

A highly recruited passer from Mechanicsburg, PA, Frazer left the Notre Dame program after spring practice. East Carolina was one of the schools he was considering for transfer along with UConn, Cincinnati, Louisville, Miami and Rutgers.

But the 6-5, 226-pounder opted in the end to play for the Huskies.

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07/06/2007 02:28:36 AM


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