With the tight end position being rather weak nationally this recruiting season, prospects have an opportunity to step up and make the most of this opportunity. One of these prospects is Kalief Joyner of Middle Village (N.Y.) Christ the King, who has already taken a couple of visits and has a few more scheduled.
"Recruiting has been good," said Joyner, who is 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds. "I went to Maryland's junior day, I got invited to Purdue's junior day and also Penn State's Blue and White game."
Joyner gave a few quick thoughts regarding his Maryland junior day experience.
"It was good," he said. "We took a tour of the facilities and the stadium, and after that went to a basketball game."
Up next for Joyner are a few spring visits.
"I'm probably going to visit Rutgers, UConn, Maryland and Syracuse to see their spring practices," said Joyner, who believes that Rutgers and Maryland are currently showing him the most interest.
At this weekend's NUC/Rivals.com Five-Star Showcase, Joyner had a chance to display his skills.
"It went ok for me, but I should've did better," said Joyner. "I dropped a couple of balls that I usually catch. I guess my mind was still on the SAT's that day. The competition was fierce though. Seeing competition like that makes people better."
Aside from the school visits, Joyner will also stay busy with a few more events and camps.
"April 23rd I'm going to the Baltimore Nike Combine, then May 1st to the Nike Training Camp at Rutgers," said Joyner. "I'm going to the Miami Camp on May 29th, and I'm going to Penn State, Rutgers, UConn and Maryland camps, which are in June."
Finally, Joyner explained what he hopes to accomplish at these events and camps.
"I want to prove that I'm a D1 caliber player and that I can compete with the best in the Northeast," said Joyner.