On Friday morning, the Texas Longhorns made the cut for Birgmingham (Ala.) Mountain Brook running back Harold Joiner, as the 6’3, 218-pounder released the list of his six finalists:
As indicated by the graphic, the other five schools are Alabama, Auburn, Michigan State, UCLA, and USC.
There’s no clear consensus on whether the consensus four-star prospect has a leader at this time — LSU was once considered the favorite, but didn’t make his list, leaving recent 247Sports Crystal Ball projections for home-state Auburn and Michigan State as the most recent indicators of where Joiner might be leaning.
And what about the ‘Horns? Carthage running back Keaontay Ingram, the top in-state running back and the top target on the board for Texas, recently committed to head coach Tom Herman and could be the only player at the position taken in the 2018 recruiting class.
If there’s another need at running back, it would probably be at the all-purpose back position, as the Longhorns missed out on JK Dobbins to the Buckeyes in the last cycle. However, It’s possible that a player like recent slot pledge Rondale Moore could fill that role in the current class.
Joiner is clearly on the big back side and could eventually grow out of the position, which would make him an intriguing jumbo athlete take.
The best guess here, however, is that Texas is on the outside looking in with Joiner unless he takes a game-changing official visit to Austin — pulling top prospects out of places like Alabama is a different game than poaching the best recruits in Missouri or Kentucky.