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Four-star quarterback commitment Dakereon Joyner is ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018.
The Fort Dorchester High School (North Charleston, S.C.) senior committed to South Carolina over a number of Power 5 quarterback offers, including N.C. State and Virginia Tech. Clemson offered and pushed for a commitment as an athlete, but Joyner is intent on playing quarterback at the next level.
That debate is the focus of the first Gamecocks Mailbag Question of the Day.
Joshua Devinney asks … “How good of a passer is Joyner? And do you think he transitions well to being a college quarterback?”
In some ways, Joyner is a lot like Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who faced similar types of questions when he was coming up as a recruit at Abbeville and Wren (S.C.) high schools.
Both Bryant and Joyner arrived onto the recruiting scene as freshmen, after experiencing a lot of success early. For each guy, it wasn’t long before the college football recruiting exposure evolved into, in some cases, premature evaluations.
Before Bryant and Joyner were halfway into their high school careers, some folks were ready to write the book on their futures as college quarterbacks. Some of the questions/criticisms were justified — Bryant, maybe a little more so than Joyner, given that he grew up playing quarterback in a Wing-T offense.
Much like Bryant did through his high school years, Joyner has progressed as a passer, improving from one season to the next. That, to me, should make South Carolina fans even more excited about what he could be in store.
There’s still room for improvement — Joyner would be the first person to say that.
To me, there are some inconsistencies on his short and intermediate throws. Sometimes the ball looks really nice coming out of his hand. Other times, not so much.
Early on, I wondered about arm strength, but wasn’t worried about it for the long-term. Most quarterbacks get stronger, and we know that Joyner is a workout warrior.
Athletically, he’s among the best in the country at his position. At just a shade under 6-1 and over 200 pounds, he has adequate size for the position.
Joyner is tough. He’s a gamer. His awareness and instincts as a quarterback make him that much more exciting at the position, especially when combined with his athleticism and speed. However, there are times when he gets a little loosey goosey with the ball, especially when he’s improvising.
Fortunately, those things are correctable.
Will Muschamp is getting a quarterback who has a lot of intangible qualities that are sought after, in terms of work ethic, leadership, etc.
One of my favorite things about Joyner is that he doesn’t seem to get too high or too low. Also, he’s played in a lot of big games at the highest level of high school football in the state of South Carolina.
Because he isn’t afraid to run between the tackles, I think his ability could translate to running back, if things don’t work out for him as a quarterback. But I don’t think it comes to that.
Joyner has the makeup and skill set to have a successful quarterback career.
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