A high school football senior who breaks his left fibula in the season-opener usually doesn’t get to have news to celebrate later in the season.
That’s not the case for Covington lineman Adam Joiner.
The 6-foot-2, 275-pound offensive lineman recently verbally committed to McNeese State. Expected to be a force this season for Greg Salter’s offensive line at Covington, Joiner saw his senior season come to a close in the season opener when he suffered the injury against Franklinton.
Despite the end of his prep career, Joiner said the interest from McNeese State has been around for quite a while and is still strong.
“I knew McNeese State was the school for me this past summer when I camped there and got the chance to work out,” he said. “I performed well, and the coaching staff really liked me. (Cowboys assistant coach) Manny Michel and I started to develop a relationship, and we have stayed in touch. He really started talking to me after the start of the regular season, and told me they wanted me to be a Cowboy.
“The coaching staff really sold me on the school when I was there, and I had a good experience. McNeese State, I believe, is the only school which is going to give me a chance to continue to play football and make it to the next level (NFL). That has been my dream for as long as I can remember.”
Excited about the interest from the coaching staff at McNeese heading into his final prep season at Covington, Joiner admitted after the injury he thought he may have lost his chance to continue his football career.
“At first I was thinking that exact thing,” he said. “After the initial shock wore off, I realized football players get injured all the time. Coach Salter told me in terms of continuing my football career, this injury is no big deal. College coaches know what I’m capable of and have seen me on film for the past three seasons. They know what I’m capable of. I’m going to rehab it and get back even stronger.
“I can remember on the sidelines after the injury my dad reassuring me this was not going to be the last time that I get to play on the football field. Coach Salter came by and said the same thing, too. The coaching staff at McNeese, more importantly, just wanted updates on my status and (to) see how my rehab was going. We never had a conversation saying since I’m hurt they don’t want me anymore. That was good to hear.”
Playing multiple positions along the offensive line during his prep career, Joiner is projected at either center or guard once he arrives on campus in Lake Charles.
Having also received interest from Southern Mississippi, Joiner has yet to schedule his official visit to Lake Charles. He is also on pace to qualify academically. Joiner’s verbal commitment is non-binding until signing his National Letter of Intent the first Wednesday in February.