Taking things in stride has been Fort Dorchester QB/ATH Dakereon Joyner. With offers from the likes of Clemson, Georgia, and South Carolina already you start to realize how talented he is but his maturity is beyond his years considering he is just finishing his freshman year of high school. That's right the 2018 prospect is on the radar of some of the nation's top college football programs and he's only a freshman. We caught up with Joyner over the weekend to talk about his season, recruitment, and plans moving forward.
Finishing up spring practice with his team last week was Joyner and he gave us the latest regarding his recruitment.
"Since the spring started the only offer I've received was from Tennessee. There have been a lot of schools who've come by to see me though. LSU, North Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Citadel, and NC State have all been by."
Joyner says that he has a different feeling about each school he's been hearing from. He did tell us that a trio stands out front as of right now but he made things very clear before doing so.
"A couple really stand out to me but I still have a long ways to go. Clemson and Georgia. I go to Alabama next weekend so I'll see how that goes too."
As we mentioned early the 2018 prospect is mature beyond his years as our conversation continued on. We asked him about what areas he's working on the hardest to improve this off season heading towards his sophomore season next year for a talented Fort Dorchester squad.
"The mental part of the game, technique, just being a natural athlete, and being more of a leader."
He also chimed in recalling what areas he feels are his biggest strengths right now.
"My speed, quickness, and my abilities throwing the ball and reading coverages are my biggest strengths I'd say."
The Patriots had a strong season during Joyner's freshman campaign and they return a host of talent next year which will make them one of the early favorites. We asked Joyner what it will take for his team to take the next step in their development to win a state championship, a feat some can envision with that loaded group of talent.
"We have to take it day by day and work as hard as we can everyday as a team. We all are brothers. Everybody has to be dedicated and put in the work."
Turning back to recruiting we asked Joyner if he was excited to visit Tuscaloosa this coming weekend to check out the Crimson Tide?
"Yeah I am really looking forward to seeing Alabama. They are fired up about me coming there so I'll see how it goes."
The talented signal caller has another trio of schools he informed us that he'd love to hear more from in the very near future too.
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