FSU Emerging for 2022 RB James Jointer

Little Rock, AK running back James Jointer is one of the top players in Arkansas regardless of class. The 2022 athlete is coming off of an ACL tear he suffered early on in his sophomore year. Despite the injury, James has been garnering a lot of attention from colleges, including Florida State. We caught up with him to get the latest on his recruitment and to talk about his interest in the Seminoles.

The start to the recruiting cycle for 2022 recruits was a good one for James Jointer from Parkview Magnet in Little Rock, AR. The 3-star running back says he’s 100% coming off an ACL injury last season, and that he’s ready to get back to showing that he’s one of the best players in his class.

“Recruiting has been going really good,” said Jointer. “It’s been a long process. I tore my ACL last year, but I’ve been talking to schools this week that have both offered and not offered me. I feel that my knee is 100% and I am ready to roll. In early June I felt good and thought I knew then my knee was okay. We had a full-contact scrimmage last week that we won so I feel good. FSU, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kansas, Arkansas State, Memphis, Michigan State, Penn State and Tennessee were the schools that reached out earlier in the week.”

Florida State is a program that has made a big impact early on in James’ recruitment. There are a lot of underlying relationships that have allowed the Seminole coaches to build their relationship with James that have put the Noles in a solid position at this point in Jointer’s recruitment.

“With FSU I really like Coach Norvell, and Coach Tucker played football at Arkansas with my offensive coordinator,” said Jointer. “Coach Tucker also played with my 7-on-7 coaches. We’ve talked on FaceTime a lot, and I really like Coach Johnson. They’re in a good position and I am actually happy about them. I told them that as soon as the pandemic is over they are going to be the first school I visit. Every time we talk it’s more than just football. I speak highly of Coach Johnson and Coach Tucker.”

Jointer spoke more about his interest in FSU as he’s familiar with Coach Norvell from his time at Memphis. 

“I’m familiar with Coach Norvell when he was at Memphis,” continued Jointer. “Going into my sophomore year they were starting to recruit me to go there. I thought that when he was there that Memphis was one of the “RBU’s” in college. They put out a lot of good running backs and Coach uses his running backs in a lot of ways. Plus, FSU is in Florida and who wouldn’t want to play there. You know, the staff alone is great and Coach Norvell is a great guy.”

Jointer has been a standout since he started his high school career. He took his first carry to the house for six and has not looked back since. Early on in his career, he played both ways, but this year he plans on focusing on running back. At 6’ 205 Jointer is a bigger back that compares himself to a couple of NFL All-Pros.

“I think I am a combination of Alvin Kamara and Todd Gurley,” said Jointer. “Gurley is a tall back, and Kamara catches the ball really well. I am really good out of the backfield and some schools are talking to me about wide receiver. I run hard. I’ve been able to put on ten pounds of muscle since the surgery so I feel great.”

He has some goals this year. His school is loaded with skill all over the place, so winning a state championship is something he wants to do this fall.

“Winning is my main goal,” said Jointer. “I have some personal goals I want to achieve, but we are stacked. Erin Outley is my teammate. He was heavily recruited by FSU. We have an SEC quarterback, a center that’s really good, and we are stacked. I want to win a state championship.”

James says that he isn’t sure when he will make a decision. He’s been back and forth on when he wants to make a decision.

“I am going to choose the school that runs the ball and has good academics,” said Jointer. “This is a place I will call home forever. This isn’t a four year decision, it’s a 40 year decision. I don’t know when I will make a decision. I’ve thought about saving my spot and I have thought about waiting it out. I’m thinking about it. My family and my head coach have talked to me about the word commitment. I don’t want to be someone that commits, then decommits and all of that. I want to make sure I am committed.”

Look for James to visit FSU, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Kansas, and other schools once unofficial visits are allowed. Until then stay tuned as we track James’ recruitment. 

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