Chad Simmons

2018 four-star prospect Dakereon Joyner holds ACC, Big 12 and SEC offers

North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester junior standout Dakereon Joyner is one of the most dynamic prospects in the South and spoke with Scout about his recruitment.

North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester Dakereon Joyner had a monster season.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Joyner finished his junior campaign with 3,643 yards passing and 44 touchdowns and 1,089 yards rushing and 12 more scores.

His recruitment continues to gain momentum and his scholarship total is well into double digits.

"Right now, I'd say GeorgiaSouth CarolinaVirginia TechNC State and Louisville are recruiting me hardest," Joyner said.  "It definitely means a lot that they're showing so much interest. But I'm still keeping all my options open.

"I'm planning to release my top five in January, but I'm not sure who will make it. I'm making my decision on June 18, which is Father's Day, and I'm also enrolling early."

Louisville was the latest school to offer earlier today.

"The offer means a lot and I'm definitely thankful for it," Joyner said. "I like their offense and how they get all their playmakers involved. I'm definitely going to visit -- probably in March.

"(Assistant) coach (Ronnie) Fouch is offered and told me I look like Lamar Jackson on film, which I really appreciated. I've talked to coach Fouch four or five times our relationship is good."

His next visit will be Virginia Tech on Jan. 15.

"I love the coaching staff," Joyner said. "They constantly communicate with me. I've talked with (quarterbacks) coach (Brad) Cornelsen and (tight ends) coach (James) Shibest. They've told me it's a great place and that they like the way I play. 

"It will be my first time there. I know they have great facilities, so I'm looking forward to seeing them. I'm excited to learn more about the academics and football program in general."

He will head to Georgia in February.

"I love the coaching staff at Georgia," Joyner said. "It will be my fourth time visiting, but first with the new staff. I'm looking forward to everything.

"(Offensive coordinator) coach (Jim) Chaney and (tight ends) coach (Shane) Beamer are recruiting me. Our relationship is building and getting stronger. I like how we communicate. They've been telling me how exciting it is at Georgia."

Joyner knows what he is looking for at the next level.

"Academics are most important and I want to have a good relationship with the coaches," Joyner said. "I also want to go somewhere that I'd be comfortable even if I wasn't playing football and a place where my family is comfortable, too."

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