Dakereon Joyner is staying in South Carolina.
In a move that came as little surprise, Joyner announced that he would play his college football for the Gamecocks during a ceremony at Fort Dorchester High School. The in-state star spurned N.C. State, the other program in his final two, to remain close to home and play for Will Muschamp in Columbia.
Joyner is ranked as the #4 player in all of South Carolina and as the #10 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports. A 6’2”, 200-pound rising senior, he was recruited as an athlete by several schools, but wished to play quarterback in college. Part of that was what set South Carolina apart from others that offered for his services.
“I think I’ve proven that I’m a quarterback, and I can run. If you ask any college coach, I’m a passer before a runner,” Joyner told SB Nation’s Richard Johnson recently. “I take my time and go through my progressions.”
Joyner will enroll in January and look to make his case for playing time in 2018. The program is projected to have four scholarship quarterbacks in place: Joyner, presumptive starter Jake Bentley, Michael Scarnecchia, and Jay Urich.