North Carolina, Florida, Auburn, N.C. State, Florida State and South Carolina all offered Class of 2016 linebacker Keion Joyner today. 247Sports debuted the 6-foot-3, 205-pound hard-hitting linebacker in an edition of "The Inside Word" last month.
It didn’t take long as his first six offers came on Thursday.
“This is a surprise to me,” Joyner told 247Sports early Thursday afternoon. “I was shocked. I didn’t know it was going to be like this.”
North Carolina offered the outside linebacker first in the morning.
“I was shocked,” Joyner said. “It was like my first one. They play hard and are hard-hitting people.”
Then Florida offered.
“That was the most shocking,” Joyner said. “I didn’t think that was going to come today. I watched them growing up.”
Followed by Auburn.
“I talked to (linebackers) coach Ellis Johnson and he was real nice,” Joyner said.
And then North Carolina State verbally offered.
“I haven’t seen them or Auburn play too much,” Joyner said.
His fifth offer just came in from Florida State.
“Their QB (Jameis Winston) is nice,” Joyner said. “They are a hard-hitting team.”
South Carolina then offered.
“Their defense loves to hit,” Joyner said. “They are physical.”
Many, many more offers figure to come his way.
“My coach talked to me about this,” Joyner said. “He said things are going to start to be different. He told me I need to make sure I stay on my books because colleges are going to come talking to me real soon.”
The hard-hitting, rangy standout is hoping to check some schools out soon.
“I’m like to get to LSU, Oregon and South Carolina,” Joyner said.
Going into the process, he has an early Top six.
“LSU, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida,” Joyner listed.
He commented on the Tigers, Buckeyes and Ducks in addition to the programs that offered.
LSU - “My family is from down there. I watch them a lot. They are hard-hitting. My family is from Abbeville, Louisiana.”
Ohio State - “That’s always been my favorite team growing up.”
Oregon - “They have fast running backs and wide receivers.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder bench presses 210 pounds, power cleans 245 pounds, squats 395 pounds, runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and holds a 3.1 GPA.
In his first two games as a sophomore, Joyner recorded 14 tackles, four tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble.