Tampa Catholic fullback Hunter Joyer knew what he wanted, so he used this week's Florida football camp to get it.
Four days later, the University of Florida offered Joyer a scholarship, something that took him seconds to accept.
"I was very relieved that I finally got it," said Joyer, one of the country's best fullbacks. "I have the scholarship of my dreams. I really didn't know if they ever were going to offer or if they needed a fullback. I was just doing what the coaches wanted me to do."
Joyer, a 6-foot, 250-pounder who runs a 4.6-second time in the 40-yard dash, said he caught the coaches' attention on Monday, then returned two days later and got the offer. Joyer has scholarship offers from Stanford, Texas A&M, Louisville, UConn, UCF, Georgia Southern and Minnesota, but he's only interested in the Gators and won't take any other official visits.
"They said their offense is based on the fullback more than people realize," Joyer said. "I'm assuming now that TIm Tebow is gone -- and he was short-yardage back -- you can get a fullback and he can get some of those short yards. I'm going to mostly block out of the backfield to get me involved any way I can."
Joyer describes himself as a "hard-nosed tough guy that likes contact."
Joyer is the sixth Gators' commitment to the class of 2011. The others are ATH De'Ante Saunders (DeLand), QB Jeff Driskel (Oviedo Hagerty), ATH A.C. Leonard (Jax University Christian School), WR Javares McRoy (Lakeland) and DE Jeoffrey Pagan (Asheville, N.C.).Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times