Fort Dorchester QB Joyner plans early graduation

Fort Dorchester QB Dakereon Joyner said he plans to graduate early from high school and enroll in college in January 2018. (Paul Zoeller/Staff)

Dakereon Joyner has always done things a bit ahead of schedule, including starting games as a freshman quarterback at Fort Dorchester High School.

So why not enroll in college early, as well?

Joyner, a rising junior projected to be one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in the country, announced Thursday night that he plans to graduate one semester early from Fort Dorchester and enroll in college in January of 2018.

“I’m just thinking long term,” Joyner said. “My goal is to play in college as a true freshman, and this will give me a head start at whatever college I choose to go to.

“I’ll have to take some classes this summer, or I can take some college classes at Trident Tech my senior year,” he said.

Joyner said he has discussed the plan with his mother and with Patriots coach Steve LaPrad.

“Coach LaPrad is all for it,” Joyner said. “Whatever is best for me, that’s what he wants to do, and he said he will try to make it happen.”

Joyner’s plan would not affect his Fort Dorchester career. After leading the Patriots to a state title last season, he underwent ankle surgery in February. He plans to play his junior and senior seasons at Fort Dorchester, graduating from high school in December of 2017.

The 6-2, 195-pound Joyner holds offers from Clemson and South Carolina, as well as other schools including North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn. Joyner led the Patriots to a perfect record last season, throwing for 3,202 yards and 33 touchdowns and running for 1,059 yards and 19 TDs. He was named MaxPreps’ national sophomore of the year and first-team All-Lowcountry by The Post and Courier.