Joyner on Clemson offer: "It takes a special kind of person"


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Joyner throws a pass during camp last month in Clemson
Joyner throws a pass during camp last month in Clemson

The offer list is beginning to grow for 2018 athlete Dakereon JoynerDakereon Joyner
Quarterback
6-1, 170
Fort Dorchester, SC

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, but he received the offer he really wanted last month.

The Charleston (SC) Fort Dorchester standout has offers from Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, but while on a visit to Clemson’s campus for Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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’s high school camp last month, Joyner got the offer he had prayed for. Literally.

“It was the last day of the camp on that Wednesday,” Joyner told TigerNet. “After we got done with the 1-on-1's between the receivers and the defensive backs, Coach (Tony) Elliott called me over and told me I had a scholarship offer from Clemson University.

“I think the first thing I did after receiving the offer was to get down on my knees and I prayed. That was one thing I had asked God for and prayed about. I had asked for patience because that offer was something I had waited on for so long. I just had to have patience and wait for the right time.”

Joyner spent much of the session that day throwing under the eye of Swinney, and he said he threw knowing an offer could be on the line.

“I kind of felt like I was under pressure,” he said. “Yes, I kind of felt like an offer could be riding on it. It was a lot of pressure throwing with Coach Swinney watching.”

Once the Clemson offer came through, however, Joyner decided to shut down the camp circuit and work on getting ready for Fort Dorchester’s season.

“I have just really been working on my high school team,” he said. “I know Tennessee and Florida St. have both called my coaches and they wanted me to come to their camps. But as of right now I don't want to go to any more camps, not for the rest of this summer. I will wait until next year.”

Joyner said he spent a good portion of the camp talking to current quarterback Deshaun Watson, and he said Watson and Swinney both told him playing for the Tigers is an honor.

“My role model is Deshaun Watson. It takes a certain kind of person to even get a Clemson scholarship offer or be a part of Clemson University,” Joyner said. “Something that Coach Swinney explained to me was that part of why they offered was because of the way I carry myself and my character and my demeanor. I talked to Deshaun all through camp. I learned a lot from him. Dabo compares me to Deshaun and other people kept comparing me to Deshaun because he is so humble. Just the way he goes about his business.”

Joyner said his goals for this season are simple.

“I want to throw for over 2,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards and win a state championship,” he said.


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