It’s been an on and off again relationship between Auburn and 4* ATH Harold Joiner for much of his recruitment. LSU was long thought to be the favorite to land Joiner’s signature but a late numbers crunch saw Ed Orgeron’s staff cut bait and move on elsewhere. Auburn capitalized in a big way, getting the young man to officially visit in January and sell him on the idea of being a do it all type of offensive threat for the Tigers ala Charles Clay. Joiner committed after that trip and today he made it official by signing his letter of intent with Auburn.
Joiner is one of the more hotly debated prospects in this class. He sees his future as a bellcow running back. Many coaching staffs (Auburn included for much of his recruitment) believed he might be better suited at wide receiver or maybe even tight end. I even saw some talk about schools possibly asking him to switch to linebacker. In the end though Auburn sold him on the idea of doing it all for the Tigers. A swiss army knife back that could play all over the field and give Malzahn’s offense a tool like he had at Tulsa in Charles Clay and to an extent in 2010 with Mario Fannin.
I am really excited to see how Auburn uses Joiner this fall. I would not be surprised to see him carve out a role in this offense in some capacity next season. While there are questions about his ability to be an every down SEC running back, there are none about his overall athleticism and ability to make plays with the ball in his hands. Should be a fun career to watch unfold.
War Eagle Harold!