Four-star athlete and Elite 11 invite Dakereon Joyner to go public with commitment June 18

One of the most recent invites to the Elite 11 quarterback competition, Dakereon Joyner already knows where he wants to play his college football. It will go public one month from today.

The month of May has been good to blue-chip prospect Dakereon Joyner

A rising senior at North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester High, the athletic quarterback put in a solid camp performance in Charlotte and earned an invitation to the Elite 11 competition in the days since. By that point, he had already came to a conclusion on his recruitment, too. 

Joyner made a private pledge to one of his two finalists, South Carolina or NC State.

"I think my chances of playing early, and I'm an early enrollee," he said as to why. "I can redshirt my freshman year or compete for the job, whatever the case may be. I'm just comfortable there, it's just home. It feels like home. Whenever you know, you just know. 

"I feel like I knew and just wanted to get it over with."

The decision will go public one month from today, June 18, for a very specific reason. 

"My father passed away when I was nine and that's Father's Day, so I want to do it to honor him," Joyner said. "I'm going to do it at my school as a celebration type thing." 

Despite the decision being made, and colleges on either side being made aware of it, it hasn't completely slowed down the recruiting process. Some suitors have backed off while new programs continue to recruit one of the best in the Palmetto State.

"I feel like a weight lifted off my shoulders, I'm stress free, and my phone isn't blowing up 24-7," he said. "Well, actually, Florida State offered me but I didn't wanna post it or anything because I know where I want to go."

The winning program has an open plan in place for its newest four-star pickup. 

"At the next level it's just to come in and compete from the get-go and contribute," Joyner said. "I'll contribute however I can, red-shirt, playing my first year, backup, however it is. I just want to be in the program and be the best I can be."

The top quarterbacks in the country, including Joyner, begin Elite 11 competition June 2 in Los Angeles. 

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