Seminoles land five-star CB Joyner

Originally Published: December 10, 2009
By Jc Shurburtt | Scouts Inc.

For the second time in the last six days Florida State landed a five-star prospect.

Under Armour All-American Lamarcus Joyner, ranked No. 5 overall in the ESPNU 150 and listed as the No. 1 cornerback in the nation, committed to the Seminoles late Wednesday night. Joyner joins fellow Under Armour All-American Jeff Luc, ranked No. 6 overall and the top-rated inside linebacker, who committed to Florida State on Saturday.

"I just believe personally that Florida State is back. It's always been my dream school," said Joyner, who chose FSU over Ohio State and Florida. "Things were going downhill in the program, but guys like [former head coach] Bobby Bowden and [defensive coordinator] Mickey Andrews were the reason that I liked Florida State.

"I believe in [new head coach] Jimbo Fisher and the things they've got going on. I am a player that can go anywhere and adapt to different situations, but I just felt at home there."

With the addition of Joyner and Luc, Florida State has the ninth-ranked recruiting class in the nation and also is having success with players in the Class of 2011; the Seminoles have landed early commits from several players on the ESPNU 150 Watch List.

Joyner, who plays for Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, the nation's No. 1 team, has been compared with current Seminoles standout defensive back Greg Reid in terms of swagger, instincts, versatility and big-play ability, but ESPN Scouts Inc.'s recruiting coordinator Billy Tucker says Joyner is actually a bit bigger and more explosive.

"He's the ultimate ball hawk with great recovery burst and acceleration to the football," Tucker said. "He lacks ideal height for the contested jump-ball matchup but masks it well with his excellent athleticism, leaping skills and competitiveness. He plays safety for the top prep program in the country but we project he'll be employed at corner in Tallahassee."

JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at jcsespn@aol.com.