Dakereon Joyner, one of the top prospects in the 2018 class, was one of the marquee visitors in attendance for fourth-ranked Clemson’s 56-7 win over South Carolina on Saturday in Death Valley.
The dual-threat quarterback from North Charleston’s Fort Dorchester High, who holds offers from both Clemson and South Carolina as part of his dozen-plus offers, chatted with The Clemson Insider about his experience.
“I really enjoyed being back up in Clemson,” Joyner said. “It’s different.”
After arriving on campus early, Joyner toured Clemson’s new $55 million football complex that will be completed in January, hung out with former teammate and current Clemson freshman offensive lineman John Simpson, and talked to Deshaun Watson briefly before kickoff.
“I got there early, I went around the new facility and they explained it to me,” Joyner said. “Then, I ate and saw my brother John Simpson. Also said what’s up to Deshaun before the game started.”
What did Joyner think of the new facility?
“It’s nice,” Joyner said. “Gonna be very neat.”
Joyner was also impressed by Clemson’s 49-point victory over South Carolina, the largest ever by an ACC school over an SEC school.
“It was crazy. It was wild,” Joyner said. “Clemson’s defense played extremely well and on top of that Deshaun and his receivers played lights out including Wayne Gallman. Carolina struggled to throw the ball and their offensive line struggled.”
Joyner has led Fort Dorchester to an 11-1 record and passed for well over 30 touchdowns as the team’s starting quarterback heading into a Class AAAAA state semifinal matchup against Conway on Friday.
Last Friday, Joyner threw for a trio of touchdowns and ran for two more in a 38-28 win over Blythwood.
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.
Clemson, Florida State, N.C. State and South Carolina are recruiting him the hardest right now.
Clemson offered Joyner as an athlete, but has made it clear to him that he will have the opportunity to play quarterback at Clemson if he chooses the school.
Joyner has also made it clear that quarterback is the position he intends to play at the next level.
“I have been hearing the quarterback position strictly a lot now,” Joyner said. “They are watching my film a lot.”
And on Saturday, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney had a message for Joyner during their conversation, one that reaffirmed Joyner’s status as a priority target on the Tigers’ board for the upcoming cycle.
“He said he has a spot for me in the class of 2018,” Joyner said. “They are only taking up to 12 guys. It’s a small class.”
Joyner said it feels great to have heard that from the head man.
“Feels great. Makes me feel important,” Joyner said.
Joyner plans to commit on June 18, 2017. The top-five prospect in South Carolina and the top-150 prospect overall said he doesn’t have any leaders at this time.
However, he did say Clemson is in good standing.
“I am very interested (in Clemson),” Joyner said, “most definitely.”