On Monday, North Charleston-Fort Dorchester four-star quarterback and Clemson target Dakereon Joyner was named the Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year.
The Clemson Insider caught up with Joyner about the big honor.
“I woke up this morning and I got the email to my phone. I was extremely excited,” Joyner told TCI. “I’m blessed and thankful. I was smiling from ear to ear the entire morning.”
The dual-threat signal-caller threw for 3,642 yards and 44 touchdowns as a junior this season while rushing for 1,089 yards and 12 scores. Joyner accounted for 427 yards and three total touchdowns in Fort Dorchester’s season-ending loss to Dutch Fork in the Class 5A semifinals on Dec. 9.
Joyner credited his teammates and coaches for his success.
“They push me to the fullest extent,” he said. “I have to give all the glory to God because without him I wouldn’t have been able to do anything I’m accomplishing now.”
Clemson was the fifth school to offer Joyner in June 2015. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder has also drawn offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and others.
What does Joyner feel his strengths as a quarterback are, and what is he looking to improve upon before his senior season?
“Creating plays, my mental aspect of the game, reading defenses and putting the ball where it needs to be on time,” Joyner said of his strengths. “I think I need to work on my deep-ball accuracy.”
Clemson, Florida State, N.C. State and South Carolina are among the schools recruiting Joyner the hardest right now. He visited Clemson for the rivalry game against South Carolina in November and made trips to South Carolina, N.C. State and Georgia this season, as well.
Joyner is rated as a top-five prospect in South Carolina and a top-150 prospect overall in the class of 2018. He plans to commit on June 18, 2017.