Chad Simmons

Dual-threat QB Dakereon Joyner recaps NC State junior day

Four-star prospect Dakereon Joyner visited NC State on Saturday and the North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester singal-caller spoke with Scout following the trip.

NC State held their first big junior day of 2017 Saturday.

Dakereon Joyner, one of their top targets, made the trip to Raleigh.

"I enjoyed the visit," said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Joyner. "I enjoy it every time I go up there. It was great getting a chance to sit down with coaches one-on-one and talk about how things would work if I went there. That was my favorite part of the visit. I also went to the basketball game and really enjoyed watching Dennis Smith Jr.

"I'm not ready to name a top school, but the trip definitely helps NC State. I like them even more than I did before. But I'm going to take my time with the process."

The Fort Dorchester standout, who narrowed his list to NC State, LouisvilleGeorgiaSouth Carolina and Virginia Tech in December, spent the most time with offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz.

"We just talked football and about mechanics," Joyner said. "He said I'm a passer first, but I can also make plays running the ball.

"We also talked about some of my weakness and how he could help me develop as a quarterback and a man. He also has a lot of experience with quarterbacks -- he helped coach Cam Newton at Auburn.

"He's really honest with me and that's something I definitely appreciate. Communication is everything with a coach and he does great job communicating with me."

Joyner also spoke with head coach Dave Doeren.

"I've sat down with head coaches at every other school, but this was kind of special," Joyner said. "He told me how important I am to them and the impact I could have on the program. He's a good man and he's been around good quarterbacks. He has four in the NFL right now.

"He talked about how I could play early. He said he has two quarterbacks that will be seniors when I get there and that I could redshirt, and then have four years to compete."

Joyner finished his junior campaign with 3,643 yards passing and 44 touchdowns and 1,089 yards rushing and 12 more scores.

He will make his commitment on June 18.

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