Connecticut is a state that Pitt hasn’t recruited heavily, but from time to time but occasionally they’ll go after a player or two.
It appears Tim Salem is doing just that with someone in the Class of 2020.
Jah Joyner (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) is a junior defensive end from Danbury High School in Danbury, Connecticut. Right now, Joyner’s lone Power Five offer is from Rutgers, but he is hearing from plenty of schools including Pitt.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Joyner as he was on his way to make an unofficial visit this weekend.
“My family and I are on our way to visit Rutgers,” said Joyner. “My recruitment has been going well. I’ve been talking with coaches from UConn, Buffalo, Minnesota, Tennessee and Pitt.
“Coaches are telling me that I have a very good first step. They like me that I don’t quit on any plays and like that I’m always around the ball. They say that I have the ability to be a monster at defensive end because of the advantage I have over offensive players because of my length. I also believe that my speed gives me an advantage.”
From that description, Joyner sounds like an intriguing prospect at defensive end. Is he strictly a pass-rusher or someone that can defend the run as well?
“I consider myself more of a pass-rusher but I know doing that alone isn’t going to get you anywhere,” said Joyner. “My coaches have given me some pointers and last year I tried to work on and commit myself to stopping the run. I’m still trying to work on that but on passing downs I go after the passer.”
As we’ve pointed out, for the last week Pitt coaches have sent out Twitter art designs to certain recruits and Joyner was one of them.
“It’s really an honor to be recognized by a top college like that. It’s just a blessing to be getting noticed and I thank my coaches at Danbury for helping me with that.”
Following his weekend visit to Rutgers, Joyner said that his coaches are working on a date for him and members of his team to come visit Pitt. He also will be making an upcoming visit to UConn, Buffalo, Boston College and Temple.