Last month, Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter traveled to Fort Dorchester High in North Charleston, S.C., to check out four-star athlete and Fort Dorchester quarterback Dakereon Joyner.
The Clemson Insider caught up with Joyner, who said he appreciated the coaches’ presence at the game.
“Feels great,” Joyner said. “First time I had coach Streeter come watch me play live instead of film. Let’s me know that I’m improving and they are wanting me to play quarterback.”
Joyner has made it clear that he plans to play quarterback at the collegiate level, and following his visit to Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Camp in June, he was under the impression that the Tigers were recruiting him to play safety or another position.
However, later in June, Elliott cleared the air with Joyner and let him know they are simply recruiting him as an athlete, but that he would still have the opportunity to play quarterback at Clemson if he chose the school, and would play another position if it didn’t work out.
And it appears Clemson has been enticed by what it has seen from Joyner at quarterback.
“I talk with coach Streeter a lot more,” Joyner said. “Recruiting me harder.”
Joyner has passed for well over 30 touchdowns and is having an excellent season for Fort Dorchester.
“I feel confident,” Joyner said. “I’m playing well, still a lot of work to do.”
Clemson was fifth to offer Joyner in June 2015. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder lists offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and others.
Joyner said a few schools are recruiting him the hardest right now.
“N.C. State, Florida State and South Carolina,” he said.
Joyner has visited South Carolina, N.C. State and Georgia this season, and he plans to get to Clemson and Alabama “soon.”
“Not really looking forward to anything new,” Joyner said of his upcoming Clemson visit. “I know they are gonna show love.”
Joyner has set a decision date of June 18, 2017. He said he doesn’t have any leaders at this time.
What are the most important factors in his recruiting process?
“How comfortable I am at the school,” Joyner said, “and my chances I have to play as a true freshman.”
Joyner is rated as a top-five prospect in South Carolina and a top-150 prospect overall.