While Will Muschamp is celebrating Fathers’ Day with his wife and two sons, his potential future quarterback will be making an announcement about his college plans.
If all goes according to plan, at around 4:30, Fort Dorchester (S.C.)’s Dakereon Joyner will publicly commit to the South Carolina Gamecocks over the North Carolina State Wolfpack, opting to do so on Fathers’ Day in memory of his deceased father. That’s if things go according to plan, but nothing we’ve seen or heard indicates that the rising senior will be playing anywhere other than Columbia in fall 2018. Joyner has already told his future coaching staff of his choice.
Joyner certainly has the makings of a player that can be a star for the Gamecocks football program. Ranked as the #10 dual threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports.com, he possesses the pocket presence and the mobility that offensive coordinators look for these days. His eye-popping numbers last year - over 3600 yards and 44 TDs passing and 1000+ yards and 12 TDs rushing - are impressive, especially considering that he did that as a junior. An equally massive or even better senior season could set his already lofty status even higher and might - might! - get him awfully close to a fifth recruiting star.
“(He) certainly possesses SEC athletic ability,” Post & Courier preps writer David Shelton told me in May. “(He) has great feet and awareness and is a very competitive person. I don’t see him making an impact in his freshman year, but certainly could see (offensive coordinator Kurt) Roper designing some packages for him.”
That certainly seems to be a fair assessment and could set the table for Joyner to step into a starter’s role when Jake Bentley departs. It also will mean that South Carolina will be fairly set at quarterback for the next several years, and as we know, that’s a position that Muschamp swung and missed at several times down in Gainesville.
As for what Joyner could stand to work on? “He needs to refine his throwing mechanics and will have to fit balls into tighter windows in the SEC,” Shelton said.
Even Joyner agrees that his mechanics need work. His throwing motion does stand to see some honing, but he mentioned to USA Today that with the proper coaching, he should be able to iron that part of his game out.
I need to work on my trajectory and technique stuff...I’m pretty raw right now because I’ve never had a quarterback coach, but once I get that coaching I’ll be smooth.
So is Joyner a sure bet to lead the Gamecocks to the same heights they enjoyed earlier this decade? Will Muschamp and South Carolina fans certainly hope so. And on Sunday afternoon, we’ll all find out together if his destination is indeed South Carolina.