Fort Dorchester QB Dakereon Joyner, the state’s top quarterback in the 2018 class and member of the Elite 11 national quarterback competition, used the backdrop of Father’s Day to publicly announce his intention to play his college career for Will Muschamp and USC. Joyner revealed his decision on Father’s Day to honor his late father and made the announcement at the school’s auditorium in front of a gathering of family, friends and media.
Joyner narrowed his choices to USC and NC State, with some thought about Virginia Tech, and notified the schools of his plans in May. He said he actually told Muschamp in February to “hold my spot, I think that’s where I want to go, hold my spot, and that’s what he did.” Joyner is a dual-threat quarterback. Last season he passed for 3642 yards and 44 touchdowns while rushing for 1089 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Muschamp and quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper made Joyner a priority practically from the moment they arrived in Columbia and Joyner was happy to reward their dedication to him.
“Since day one he (Muschamp) always said I was that guy,” Joyner said. “It feels good that you are that number one guy on the radar. I’m thankful for Coach Muschamp, I love him to death. He’s always supported me and I’m glad he’s going to be my future coach.”
The Gamecocks are set a quarterback with Jake Bentley going into his sophomore season, so Joyner may have to serve one or two seasons as his understudy. But, even with Bentley or another quarterback in place, he believes there will be a place for him in the offense early on.
“They definitely needed a dual-threat guy,” Joyner said. “Jake Bentley does an incredible job but at some places where they shut down the run game and the running back or shut down the pass game, a dual-threat quarterback plays a big part. He’s kind of the eraser. If a play breaks down, he can make it happen.”
Joyner also drew offers from Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, State, Oregon, Notre Dame and others. Some schools, like Clemson, wouldn’t commit to his desire to only be viewed as a quarterback. His athletic skills led some schools to see him more as a safety. But Joyner never wavered in his stance as a quarterback only prospect, not just for college but for playing on Sunday’s as well.
“I trust and believe in myself, I know what I can do,” Joyner said. “I work hard every single day and I would never let anyone tell me differently. You’ve got doubters. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I don’t listen to it. I pray everyday and I know God’s got me.”
Being such a high profile recruit, especially at the quarterback position, Joyner will elicit high expectations from the Gamecock fanbase. SEC and national championships, no doubt, are being discussed, and Joyner is happy to start the conversation.
“We’re going to have to work and those guys are working now,” he said. “Starting with the SEC East and then the whole SEC, and then win a national championship. I’m saying it now and I mean it.”
Joyner said he will now turn his recruiting interests towards other top prospects, including Clemson commitment DE Xavier Thomas and uncommitted DL Stephon Wynn.
“To win a national championship, I need other guys around me to help me win,” Joyner said. “Come play with a baller. Everybody wants to play with a good quarterback. Hopefully they jump on board.”
Joyner said he is finished with his recruiting and is “110 percent” committed to South Carolina. “I don’t want to go anywhere else.”
Joyner is the Gamecocks’ ninth commitment for the 2018 class and the fifth from South Carolina.
Joyner talks about choice of USC