Fort Dorchester’s Joyner has ‘great’ USC visit, but don’t count out Clemson

Fort Dorchester quarterback Dakereon Joyner prepares to throw a pass against Dorman in the 2015 state championship game. (Roger Lee/Journal Scene)

Fort Dorchester quarterback Dakereon Joyner attended South Carolina’s football social on Saturday and wasn’t disappointed.

Asked to rate his visit on a scale of 1-10, Joyner said “11.”

“Every time I come up here, I enjoy myself,” Joyner said. “It’s a great vibe around here. Spurs up.”

In addition to joining other top prospects for the cookout and pool party, Joyner also spent time with USC head coach Will Muschamp and other coaches and players.

“Their message was, ‘we want you to be the face of the program and the quarterback at South Carolina,’ ” Joyner said. “Every coach says we want you to be the face of our program and probably tell every recruit that, but I get a different vibe from South Carolina. It’s kind of different to me. I feel like I can come in and compete as a freshman.”

Joyner visited N.C. State on Friday and is now finished with summer visits.

Joyner is also being recruited by Clemson, but the Tigers have indicated they might want him to play a position other than quarterback.

“I don’t know, I really don’t know,” Joyner said. “I was head over heels for Clemson. If you had asked me I would say I was close to committing a couple of times, but they took a couple of 2017 QBs and I still have the offer as an athlete. I guess they see different in me and I can understand that. They are still a great program. Who knows? They might offer me as a quarterback as the season progresses if I have a great season.”

Joyner won’t make his commitment until Father’s Day next June.

Another highly recruited Lowcountry athlete, Wando wide receiver OrTre Smith, attended USC’s event on Saturday after going to Clemson’s All-In Cookout on Friday night. Smith said he will announce Sept. 11. He also has Florida, Georgia and North Carolina on his list.

Smith visited Georgia again the previous weekend and might visit North Carolina again this week. Smith enjoyed both visits equally and had one-on-one conversations with both head coaches.

In other recruiting news:

The Gamecocks landed a pair of big commitments over the weekend. The prize catch was linebacker Sherrod Greene of Rocky Mount, N.C. Green committed Sunday night, chosing the Gamecocks from his short list that included Alabama, Virginia Tech and N.C. State.

Greene had 154 tackles last season. He became USC’s 19th commitment for the 2017 class. On Saturday, defensive back Zay Brown became the 18th commitment for USC.

Brown, from Athens, Ga., said he privately committed to Muschamp in June, but waited until Saturday to go public. He had 78 tackles and six interceptions last season.

“I think I could make a big impact in the defense,” said Brown, who also had offers from Colorado State, Wake Forest, Charlotte and others. “I have a possibility of playing early and helping the defense out and playing wherever they need me to play at.”

Defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen of Concord, N.C., made visits this summer to USC, Alabama, Florida and Florida State. He put USC in that group of his final four schools. He’s no longer considering Clemson.

USC coaches found themselves in a position to have to re-recruit defensive end commitment Devonte Wyatt of Atlanta. Wyatt committed to the Gamecocks in early June after attending one of Muschamp’s camps. Since then, Georgia has moved back in on him and he visited there Thursday. After that visit, he told that while still committed to the Gamecocks, he considered Georgia now even with USC.

Wyatt participated in the various activities USC had planned for the recruits on Saturday, and also got the chance to talk more with Muschamp and other coaches. “It’s still even,” Wyatt said after the USC visit. He said he won’t make his final decision until after the season. He plans to go to Georgia for a game early in the season and is not sure when he’ll return to USC.

USC was already a factor with defensive end Matthew Butler of Garner, N.C., and the Gamecocks appeared to help their case over the weekend.

Butler said he enjoyed the day and all the activities and he got the chance to talk with defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and defensive line coach Lance Thompson. Butler said they made it clear he is wanted and needed for what they want to build on defense.

“They were talking about how I really was a necessity and really a priority because they have some D-tackles that are rush ends but they don’t have the combination of both where I can play a three technique at end and get up the field, so they are really looking for that.”

Butler also visited Tennessee and Alabama last week and is waiting on an Alabama offer. He’s also considering Penn State, N.C. State and Duke.

“South Carolina, really even before this visit, was up there with me,” Butler said. “I like what they have to offer. Narrowing things down in my head, South Carolina is getting at or near the top.”

Defensive back Trajan Bandy of Miami is a former Oklahoma commitment but now has the Gamecocks on his short list along with Mississippi, Tennessee, Penn State and Southern Cal. “It went well,” he said of his visit.

Offensive lineman T.J. Moore of Charlotte has the Gamecocks and Tennessee on his list as he approaches his announcement planned for Sunday. He had also considered N.C. State and North Carolina and was hoping for an Alabama offer.

Pendleton defensive end Brad Johnson on his visit to USC on Saturday: “It went well, had a great time.” He will take official visits this fall before deciding.

Clemson held its annual All-In Cookout on Friday. Coach Dabo Swinney invited a small but highly regarded group of uncommitted prospects to join current players and current commitments for an evening of food and fun with a little recruiting thrown in.

Defensive back A.J. Terrell of Atlanta has a short list of Clemson, Auburn, Florida and Alabama. He’s no longer considering USC. Terrell said the cookout, which was held off campus at a spot near one of the lakes, was very relaxing and provided some very good one-on-one time with the coaches. Terrell said he’s not rushing his decision and has no deadline for making one. He does not have a favorite at this point but said Clemson is “real high” on his list. Terrell said he “most likely” would visit Auburn this week.

Defensive end Jordan Williams of Virginia Beach, Va., has a top four of Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech, and set an announcement date of Aug. 6 at his school.

Linebacker Justin Foster of Shelby, N.C., also attended the cookout and has Clemson on his short list with Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Notre Dame. He will narrow his list to a top three once the season starts but does not have a set commitment decision date yet. As for his future visits, Foster knows he will be visiting Tennessee soon and plans to visit several football games at his top schools during the season.

Sunday 2018 QB Trevor Lawrence of Cartersville, Ga., made his final visit with Clemson before making his decision. He’s choosing between the Tigers and Georgia. He was at Georgia on Saturday.

Former North Carolina running back Ty’Son Williams said last week he has been accepted by USC and that should pave the way for him to join the Gamecocks as a walk-on this season. Williams has made going to USC his top priority since getting his release from the Tar Heels. Because the release blocked him from going on scholarship at any school on UNC’s schedule the next four seasons, and USC plays the Tar Heels in 2019, Williams will use the GI Bill to pay his way at USC this year with the plan to go on scholarship in 2017. Williams is a former standout at Crestwood. He saw limited playing time with the Tar Heels as a freshman last season.

RB Jalen Holston of Stockbridge, Ga., attended USC’s final camp Friday. He did not stay over for the Saturday cookout.

USC target LB James Houston of Plantation, Fla., committed to Florida last week.

DB Amari Carter of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., who included Clemson in his top eight, thinks he will have a decision by September or October. His other top schools are Mississippi, Louisville, Notre Dame, Auburn, Pittsburgh, Michigan and LSU.

WR Chad Terrell of Dallas, Ga., has offers from USC, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, N.C. State, Mississippi State, Oregon and Louisville. USC, Mississippi and N.C. State are the main ones with which he’s in regular contact, and he’s also still thinking about Mississippi State.

Defensive back Markquese Bell of Bridgeton, N.J., is still expressing interest in Clemson and considers it one of his top schools. He visited the Tigers in June. Bell talked to defensive coordinator Brent Venables last week and plans to visit campus again sometime this summer. Along with Clemson, Bell named Michigan, Florida, Ohio State and Rutgers as his top schools, and he visited Ohio State on Saturday. Bell said he will most likely wait until National Signing Day to announce his commitment decision.

Clemson target DE Malik Herring of Forsyth, Ga., was at Alabama on Friday for the Champions Cookout.

DB Yusuf Corker of Stockbridge, Ga., said he remains very interested in USC and still has the Gamecocks as one of his top schools. He last visited in April and plans to visit again for a game this season. Corker also likes Tennessee, Auburn, North Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Ran Tut (6-9) of Australia and Monroe JC made an official visit to USC last week. He said he will choose between the Gamecocks and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He said the Gamecocks coaches are waiting to hear back from USC admissions. Tut also considered San Francisco, Kansas State and Murray State. Last season he averaged 10.4 points and six rebounds per game.

USC point guard signee Rakym Felder of Brooklyn on Friday announced that he’s been accepted by the school.

Clemson offered 6-6 Paul Reed of Wekiva, Fla., and 6-10 Zach Kent of Middletown, Delaware.

Hunter Tyson of Monroe, N.C., was offered by Clemson. He also has offers from Tennessee, Davidson, Charlotte, Elon and Appalachian State.

Dutch Fork point guard Jordan Davis was offered by Virginia Tech and has talked with Clemson. He also has offers from Xavier, Butler, Kansas State, Old Dominion, James Madison, East Carolina and Wofford.

Coastal Carolina, Winthrop and UTEP offered point guard Ja Morant of Crestwood on Friday.

Dawson Taylor, a left-handed pitcher from Boiling Springs, and Tyler Callihan, an infielder from Neptune Beach, Fla., both committed to USC last week. They are USC’s first two commitments for the 2019 recruiting class.

Spencer Strider, a right-handed pitcher from Knoxville, Tenn., committed to Clemson. He’s the 13th commitment for the Tigers’ 2017 class. Last season he was 10-1 with a 0.65 ERA and had 99 strikeouts in 641/3 innings.