Top-ranked running back previews Clemson visit

Top-ranked running back previews Clemson visit

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Top-ranked running back previews Clemson visit

Mountain Brook (Ala.) four-star running back Harold Joiner will be among the star-studded group of recruits that Clemson is expected to host on Saturday for its top-15 matchup against Auburn.

The visit will mark Joiner’s first to Death Valley.

“I am ready to get on campus,” he told The Clemson Insider. “I’m ready to meet the coaches. They have been waiting on me to get on campus.”

Joiner said both Clemson running backs coach Tony Elliott and defensive line coach Todd Bates, his area recruiter, have been in contact with him.

What has he heard from Elliott?

“He’s ready to get me on campus and meet my family,” Joiner said. “Also he said he’s been tracking every game I play.”

Joiner, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 5 running back per 247Sports, rushed for 744 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior last season. He also caught nine passes for 180 yards and two scores.

Joiner cut his list of 30 scholarship offers down to six in June, naming Alabama, Auburn, Michigan State, Southern Cal, Texas and UCLA his top schools.

“Everything is close right now,” he said of his recruitment.

Joiner doesn’t plan to make his commitment decision until December or the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

Clemson could enter the mix for his services with an offer.

“Clemson competes at a high level, also for championships,” Joiner said of what he likes about the program.

Joiner is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 5 running back, No. 1 prospect from Alabama and No. 70 overall prospect in the 2018 class.

Through two games this season, the 6-foot-3, 213-pounder has rushed for 296 yards and eight touchdowns.

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