Fort Dorchester (SC) star quarterback Dakereon Joyner is confident in his ability, and he has reason to be after the sophomore season he just had. Joyner, who checks in at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, led the Patriots to an undefeated season that ended with a state title. Joyner passed for over 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns, and he ran for another 1,000+ yards and 19 scores.
"I had a really good year," said Joyner, laughing. "It was special. We had a great season... won the title."
Joyner had offseason shoulder surgery that prevented him from attending many camps in the spring, but he did work out at Clemson and attended NC State's 7-on-7 camp with his high school team.
"I would have made it out to more if I didn't have surgery," he stated. "I was supposed to go to the Underclassman combine, but I wasn't able to make it."
The injury hasn't hampered Joyner's recruitment. In fact, he already holds over a dozen scholarship offers from some of the top programs in the region.
"So far I have offers from South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Clemson, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Florida, North Carolina State, North Carolina... there's 13 of them right now," said Joyner. "NC State, North Carolina, Clemson, [South] Carolina, and Virginia Tech... they are all recruiting me hard. Mostly those right around me in a four or five-hour distance."
The question most wonder is if Joyner, who is a dynamic athlete, will stay at quarterback on the next level. Every school but Clemson has offered him as a quarterback, with the Tigers recruiting him as an athlete, likely a safety. Will that be a big factor for him?
"I wouldn't be happy playing a different position," said Joyner. "Maybe they will understand it and change the offer, but I want to go to a place where I'll be happy. If not, I just want to be happy wherever I go.
"I feel like I can play quarterback at the next level. That's something I've dreamed of, and I'm not giving that dream up. I want to play quarterback in college."
NC State is targeting Joyner as a quarterback and watched him extensively during the 7-on-7 camp. He will be back in Raleigh for the Wolfpack's Alpha Wolf Showcase later this month, and is learning more about the program from the coaches at Fort Dorchester, including his offensive coordinator, Brent LaPrad who played at NC State.
"Some of my coaches played at NC State, and they are always telling me that if I want to play quarterback in the NFL I should go to NC State," Joyner said. "It's a big quarterback place. They have a good staff, good head coach with a good offensive coordinator. I like them."
The Wolfpack also has a big factor in their favor in huge sophomore defensive tackle Eurndraus Bryant. A multi-year starter at Fort Dorchester before signing with NC State in 2015, Bryant has a close relationship with Joyner and is talking up the Wolfpack.
"My sister's boyfriend, Big E, he goes to NC State," said Joyner. "I grew up with him too. He tells me a lot about the school, how much he likes it. He lets me know it's a great school...a good place to be."
The 2018 recruit isn't in a hurry to make a decision and doesn't have a leader.
"I wouldn't say I have a leader, but the schools I've talked about... North Carolina, NC State, USC, Clemson, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech, they are pushing real hard," he stated. "All of them are on me real hard."
With that being said, he tentatively has a date in mind for when he wants to have finalized his decision, and playing time will be a critical factor for Joyner.
"I've set my decision for June 18th next year," he said. "I just don't want to deal with all of that in my senior season. I want it all to calm down so I can play my final season. If I'm going to do that I need to go out in the fall and see some games, learn about the schools.
"I want to play my freshman year. I do a lot of research on the offensive lines, receivers, quarterbacks... what kind of athletes they have. I want to play my freshman year, and I believe if I get the opportunity to compete I can go out and win the job."
Joyner is rated a four-star recruit and the No. 43 wide receiver in the 2018 class by Scout.com.