Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2018 GA ATH Joyce Ready to Camp at Notre Dame

June 15, 2017

2018 Dutchtown (Ga.) athlete Chris Joyce will get a chance to see Notre Dame for the first time this weekend but also compete to try and earn an offer from the Irish. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder admitted he didn’t know much about the Irish program, but he’s more than ready to see what he’s been told about Notre Dame.

“I don’t know about Notre Dame in-depth,” Joyce told Irish Sports Daily. “I do know Notre Dame is a very good school and have a rich tradition on the football field.”

The three-star athlete picked up a Tennessee offer last weekend after camping in Knoxville. It was a big one for Joyce, and it was one he didn’t expect.  

“It was kind of surreal,” recalled Joyce. “I didn’t expect to come out of the camp with an offer. I was there to compete and get my name out there. Three days later, the staff said they were offering me, and I was like ‘Wow.’”

Joyce already held offers from Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic, and UMass, but the offer from the Volunteers didn’t get to his head.

“It makes me want to grind even more,” stated Joyce. “The fact Tennessee believed in me and gave me the opportunity to play shows me that I can play with the big boys.”

The Georgia native will keep working and knowing a few schools are close to offering him makes him more motivated. Notre Dame fans should be familiar with one school close to offering Joyce, as Western Kentucky is the home of former Irish offensive coordinator and Hilltopper head coach Mike Sanford.  

“I think Troy is going to pull the trigger soon,” said Joyce. “Georgia State and Western Kentucky could offer soon as well. I have been talking to the Director of Recruiting at Notre Dame too.

“I have been talking to Coach (Jimmy) Lindsey (WKU). We have been talking and just getting to know each other. He said sometime soon they should be pulling the trigger on me.”

Joyce is in a unique position of having a decision to make on top of his college choice. Some programs want him at receiver, while others see him as a defensive back.  

“Every school has been different,” laughed Joyce. “When I went to Tennessee for camp, I went there to play cornerback. I just happened to take a few receiver reps, and they loved me at receiver. Some of my earlier offers, the schools like me at cornerback.

“I don’t have a preference where I play in college. I just want to find the right school where I can develop as a player and person. Whatever I have to do for the team to win and be successful, I am down for it.”

When it comes down to what he’s looking for in a school, Joyce is looking for particular major and the belief the coaching staff has in him.  

“I plan to go to college and take up Physical Therapy,” said Joyce. “I have always wanted to help kids, so something like that is what I want to do.

“I am paying attention to which coaches believe in me and my talents. I want a coach that believes I can come in and help their team. I want the college to feel like home too.”  

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