USC holds its first big junior day of the 2018 recruiting campaign Saturday but the quarterback thought to be highest up on the Gamecocks’ board won’t be there. Dakereon Joyner of Fort Dorchester said Tuesday night one of his friends was shot Tuesday and is in the hospital, so he plans to stay in Charleston to be close to him.Joyner said he might get to USC for some spring practices and definitely would be in for the spring game April 1st.
“I talk to the coaches often,” he said. “I’ve always liked South Carolina but I’m starting to hear from a lot more schools. I’m just taking advantage of all my opportunities right now. But they are still recruiting me really hard. I talk with Coach Muschamp as often as I can. Nothing has slacked up at all. They are recruiting me hard and I still have interest in South Carolina.”
Joyner has had a stated top five of USC, Louisville, Georgia, NC State and Virginia Tech but he said he’s not talking with Louisville any longer, and with recent offers from Oregon and Mississippi State, he’s not limiting himself to those five any longer. He’s also been talking with Ole Miss.
“I just really don’t have a definite top five anymore,” he said.
Joyner is coming off a visit to NC State last weekend and the Wolfpack has emerged as a major player for him because of what he has seen from their offense.
“It went well, I enjoyed it,” Joyner said. “I spent some one-on-one time with the head coach. They get under the center as well as in the shotgun. Their offense is very explosive. They’ve got a little bit of rinky-dinkles like trick plays they run sometimes but they throw the ball a lot and they also run the ball.”
Joyner also visited Virginia Tech in January. He said he will be going back to Virginia Tech and NC State soon and he is also going to visit Georgia and Oregon.
As for Clemson, Joyner said he’s decided to move on from the Tigers and is no longer considering them.
“I just really have a great relationship with coach Tony Elliott, that’s really it,” Joyner said. “Not really with the coaching staff at Clemson, just really Tony Elliott. Me and him talk a bit.”
Joyner said he remains set to announce his decision on Father’s Day.