Patriots’ Joyner sets date for college decision

Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad and quarterback Dakereon Joyner celebrate after winning a state championship in 2015. Led by Joyner, Fort Dorchester has five players on the 2017 preseason All-Lowcountry team. (File/Staff)

Fort Dorchester leads the area with five players selected to the high school football preseason All-Lowcountry team.

The unit is led by senior quarterback Dakereon Joyner, a South Carolina verbal commitment who is closing in on 10,000 career passing yards.

Senior receiver Justin Williams is among the best in the state and holds one of two receiving spots on the preseason list. Senior offensive lineman Wakeel Rivers, senior linebacker K.J. Brown, and senior safety/running back DeAngelo Knight are the other Patriots to make the squad.

Berkeley had four players selected – three on defense. Cane Bay, Summerville, First Baptist and Wando each had two selections.

As has been well documented throughout the spring and summer, the position of strength in the Lowcountry for the 2017 football season is at quarterback.

While Fort Dorchester senior Dakereon Joyner is the clear-cut No. 1 signal caller in the area, the list of quality quarterbacks is longer than it has ever been.

The arrival of senior Sam Hartman, a Wake Forest commit, to Oceanside Collegiate over the summer added yet another top quarterback to the Lowcountry. Add Hartman to an impressive list that includes Cale Lewis (Wando), Leo Albano (Bishop England), Corey Fields (Baptist Hill), RJ Roderick (Cane Bay), Kam Smiley (St. John’s) and junior Johnathan Bennett (Summerville).

Roderick, an option quarterback, has verbally committed to South Carolina as a defensive back but rushed for nearly 1,700 yards last season.

Fort Dorchester enters the season as the top-ranked team in the preseason team ranking. The Patriots have an 18-game winning streak against Lowcountry teams, last losing in November of 2014.

Berkeley is ranked second but certainly has some issues to correct, as does third-ranked Cane Bay. Dorchester rivals Summerville and Ashley Ridge are looking to reverse fortunes after sub-par seasons in 2016.

2017 Preseason All-Lowcountry


QB – Dakereon Joyner, Fort Dorchester

RB – Michel Dukes, First Baptist

RB – Nathan Walker, Cross

WR – Justin Williams, Fort Dorchester

WR – Javante Grant, Hanahan

TE – K.J. Robinson, St. John’s

OL – Jackson Hutto, Summerville

OL – Jackson Pell, Ashley Ridge

OL – Kamren McCray, Berkeley

OL – Wakeel Rivers, Fort Dorchester

OL – Jorden Baltimore, Bishop England

Ath – Kris Copeland, Cane Bay

PK – Andrew Weil, Wando


DL - Ben Mitchum, Summerville

DL – Xavier Watson, Berkeley

DL – Jay Smith, West Ashley

DL – Jaelen Edwards, Wando

LB – K.J. Brown, Fort Dorchester

LB – Timmy Campbell, First Baptist

LB – Gary Stevens, Berkeley

DB – Karon Ferrell, Woodland

DB – DeAngelo Knight, Fort Dorchester

DB – Tre Morrison, Berkeley

DB – Roger Gibbs, Timberland

Ath. – R.J. Roderick, Cane Bay

P – Aaron Winn, Cane Bay

Lowountry Preseason Top 10

1. Fort Dorchester

2. Berkeley

3. Cane Bay

4. Timberland

5. Summerville

6. Bishop England

7. Ashley Ridge

8. First Baptist

9. Cross

10. West Ashley

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