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Four-star quarterback Dakereon Joyner will become South Carolina's first Mr. Football signee since wide receiver Shaq Roland in 2012.

4-star QB commit ready to compete; plus, news on South Carolina’s top remaining recruiting targets

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Iron sharpens iron

Four-star quarterback and South Carolina Class of 2018 commit Dakereon Joyner is excited at the opportunity to contribute immediately for the Gamecocks next season.

“It will be fun. It’s wide open. We got a new coach, got a new OC,” Joyner told David Cloninger of The Post and Courier. “I’m not worried about it. I’ll play quarterback.”

South Carolina’s reigning Mr. Football will enroll at South Carolina in January. He’s rated the No. 200 overall player in the Class of 2018 by the 247Sports composite.

Coming to town

Three-star linebacker and Florida State commit Rosendo Louis will take an official visit to South Carolina this week, Louis’ high school confirmed with SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut.

“He was high on South Carolina early,” Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School coach Javon Glenn told Kornblut. “He committed to Florida State, and with the coaching change he had to look at things, but South Carolina was always one of his favorites.”

Louis is rated the No. 23 inside linebacker for 2018 and boasts additional offers from Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma and more.

Down to 2

According to Harding University High School (Charlotte) coach Sam Greiner, his 3-star offensive guard Jovaughn Gwyn is “firm to” choosing between South Carolina and North Carolina State.

Gwyn could made his decision in the next week or so, allowing him to sign during the early signing period.

247Sports ranks the 6-foot-3, 290-pound prospect as the No. 20 offensive guard for 2018.

Be the guy

Five-star defensive end KJ Henry elaborated on South Carolina coach Will Muschamp’s pitch during Shrine Bowl practice earlier this week.

“Coach Muschamp asked me, he said, ‘When was the last time you sat the bench?’ Not necessarily sitting the bench came to mind, but not being the guy would be a little different,” Henry said, “Knowing that I’ll have a good opportunity to be that guy at South Carolina.”

The Clemmons, N.C., native will reveal his decision on Dec. 20. His top 5 is Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Drama builds

Four-star LB Channing Tindall‘s coach, Robin Bacon, talked with SEC Country to break down the Spring Valley High School (Columbia, S.C.) prospect’s big decision.

“I think he’s probably going to [commit] sometime in the latter part of December,” Bacon said. “It’s kind of what he said, now I don’t know if he’ll bump that back to the U.S. Army game. That’s what he’s planning on doing, which is [Jan. 6]. Right now, he’s going to do it in the latter part of December, so I think he may be going on a visit this weekend.”

Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina are believed to lead for the No. 91 overall prospect for 2018.

Too little, too late?

The Gamecocks are among the latest to offer 2018 wide receiver and Minnesota commit Rashod Bateman, according to a report from Kornblut in The State.

The Tifton, Ga., native received offers from South Carolina and Tennessee on Monday.

Despite his offer list growing, “he is sticking with his commitment to Minnesota and signing this month,” says Tift County High School coach Ashley Anders.

Food for thought

Brad Crawford of 247Sports has a fantastic argument against those questioning the difficulty of the Gamecocks’ schedule this season.

With a victory against Michigan in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, South Carolina (8-4) would win nine games for just the seventh time in program history. And as for those four losses …

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