BEAVERTON, Ore. — Harold Joiner‘s recruitment is shaping up to be one of the oddest in the Class of 2018.
Joiner, the nation’s No. 5 running back from Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School, has Alabama, Auburn, Michigan State, Southern California, Texas and UCLA in his top six. It’s not really a top six because Michigan State leads and there’s no chance he winds up in the Crimson Tide’s class, he said.
Let’s break this down.
LSU was Joiner’s longtime leader until it landed three running back commitments. He eliminated the Tigers after they flipped AJ Carter from UCLA. Georgia was seen as a likely backup option at that point. He then eliminated the Bulldogs after they landed 5-star running back Zamir White.
Now, Michigan State, a school he has never stepped foot on and said, “I don’t know how I’m going to do in that weather,” leads. The Spartans are on top because he feels like there is a path to early playing time.
Joiner said he was told by Alabama’s staff just a few weeks ago that they are now specifically recruiting him at running back after wanting him as an athlete, which rubbed him the wrong way. It doesn’t matter, though.
“I have like eight running backs ahead of me right now at Alabama,” Joiner told SEC Country at The Opening Finals.
So, what is the point of having the Crimson Tide in his top six if he admits that he’s not going there?
“You have to ask my recruiter about that,” Joiner said. “He’s the only one who knows.”
I have no idea what that even means, but it’s clear Joiner and Alabama is pretty much over at this point.