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The past three days have been fruitful for the Utah state soccer program in terms of recruitment.

Two days after receiving a pledge from former Fresno state standout linebacker Justin Rice, another transfer promised his pledge to the Aggies. Former University of Miami linebacker / defender Patrick Joyner Jr. announced his decision on Twitter on Monday.

Joyner Jr. has spent the last three seasons with the Hurricanes, seeing only limited time as a reserve defensive end in four games last fall as a second-year red shirt. He made a tackle against Oklahoma State in the Cheez-It Bowl.

The Florida native homestead was limited to one game a year ago as he was recovering from off-season surgery and made five tackles in four games as a true freshman in 2018, including 2.0 for one loss.

Joyner Jr., who entered the transfer portal last week, was a four-star recruit from and a three-star recruit from 247sports who graduated from South Dade, Florida High School. He has received several scholarship offers from Power 5 conference programs, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Auburn.

Joyner Jr. originally got involved in Florida when he was in high school, but was fired when then-FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher took the same position at Texas A&M. As a senior at South Dade, Joyner Jr. contributed with 87 tackles and two forced fumbling. As a prep junior at Keys Gate, Joyner Jr. finished with 63 tackles and 15 sacks.

Joyner Jr. is the third broadcast from a Power 5 program that has chosen the Aggies in the past 10 days. The others are Kyle Mayberry (Kansas Graduate Transfer Cornerback) and Byron Hobbs-Vaughns (Texas Linebacker / Defensive End).

Rice was selected as the player’s 2020 Mountain West Preseason Defensive but opted to move to the state of Arkansas as a graduate transfer after the MW originally postponed all fall sports. In his lonely season with the Red Wolves, Rice led all FBS players in tackles against losses (18.5) and finished fourth in solo tackles (57) nationwide for the First Team All-Sun Belt Conference award to obtain. During the 20’s campaign, Rice scored 76 tackles and 7.0 sacks, ranking 17th nationwide.

Born in Modesto from California, he received the award for the all-MW team of the first team as a Redshirt Junior at FSU in 2019. He led the Bulldogs in tackles (112) and forced fumbling (four) and finished fourth nationwide in the later category. The 6-foot-2,225-pounder also contributed with 8.0 TFLs, 3.0 sacks, and two interceptions that season.

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Rice was restricted due to injury and only played in four competitions for the Bulldogs in 2018. Before the 2017 season, he moved to the defensive side of the ball and has recorded nine tackles that season.

Rice was a rewind for Fresno State as a true freshman in 2016. He won 11 yards with nine runs that fall and caught two passes for 15 yards.

Prior to FSU, Rice was a record-breaking traffic jam at Central Catholic High School, California. As a senior he threw himself on a school record of 2,698 yards and as a junior collected 2,146 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards. Rice rushed with the Raiders for 62 touchdowns in his last two seasons.

“I am baackkkk !! @MountainWest, “Rice posted on Twitter on Saturday. “Let’s go to work. @USUFootball. #AggiesAllTheWay.”

Reis is eligible to play for the Aggies in the 2021 season. It is not yet known if Joyner Jr., who has three more years to go, has the same option.

Also on Monday, the two-year-old USU offensive lineman Karter Shaw officially announced that he had entered the transfer portal. The Redshirt Sophomore started all 13 games for the Aggies a year ago and six games in 2020.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to play in the state of Utah. Thanks to all of the teammates and coaches for making it possible to be where I am today,” Shaw wrote on Twitter . “With that said, I’d like to announce that I’m officially on the transfer portal.”

Shaw is the second USU O-Linemen to have entered the portal within the last two weeks. The other is Heneli Avendano, who has already made an oral commitment to the state of Oregon.

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