FB Joyer becomes Gators’ sixth 2011 commit

By Adam Silverstein
June 17, 2010

Holding camp this week for some of the top high school players in the country and throughout the state of Florida, the Florida Gators were greeted with some great news shortly after one of their early week attendees returned home.

According to numerous sources, three-star fullback Hunter Joyer (Tampa, FL) committed to the Gators immediately after receiving a scholarship offer from head coach Urban Meyer once his time at the camp concluded.

“I’ve always wanted to be a Florida Gator,” Joyer told The Gainesville Sun. “I was just waiting for an opportunity. It was kind of unexpected and I was surprised [that Florida offered], but it was one of the best feelings I’ve had in my life.”

Joyer, who impressed coaches throughout the camp with his combination of size, speed and blocking ability, is listed as the No. 1 fullback in the country by Rivals. While in Gainesville, FL, he drew a lot of attention from coaches by proving his blocking prowess and ability to catch balls out of the backfield.

“It’s so close to home, it’s a great school and a great (football) program,” Joyer told The Tampa Tribune. “It’s just an all-around elite school and I feel like it’s hard to go wrong when you choose to go there.”

In addition to competing with the football team, he hopes to join UF’s track and field program to continue his success in shot put (after all, he is a state champion). Joyer also runs between a 4.5 and 4.6 in the 40-yard dash.

Photo Credit: The Tampa Tribune


  1. npgator says:

    Welcome aboard Hunter!

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    What a beast this kid is. Can’t wait to see him line up in the I and pound it down the middle.

  3. 305gator says:

    welcome to gator nation!

  4. O-town Gator says:

    I’ll never say NO to a power back and effective blocker.

  5. dp says:

    Looks like we have someone to clear the way for Mack Brown and the boys!

  6. erng 'n blu says:

    Brantly as Q, Joyner at full, Mack at half sounds like a break from the spread. Future looks like an evolution. Life beyond Timmy never looked so good…

  7. Joe says:

    He’ll look good sitting next to TJ Pridemore on the bench.

  8. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Sign the #1 player at his postion and it will almost certainly hurt our class rankings so figure that out…that being said nice to have a stud fullback in the fold

  9. brlgator says:

    I dont really see it as a break from the spread per se. But any good coach will tweak his offense to the personell he has available. The gators have a more pro-style quarterback then we’ve had the last three seasons. Reminds me a lot of 2006 when Urban Meyer tweaked the spread and brought in Bill Latsko to protect Chris Leak. And we all remember how that turned out…

  10. I agree brl. Billy Latsko is a great comparison for how the FB will be used at Florida going forward. I expect Joyer to see some field time immediately on special teams coverage and on offense once those in front of him graduate.

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