The trio was among the top participants at the EPT Showcase on Sunday at Ridge View High School.
Decision day looming
South Carolina or North Carolina State: Joyner has already told the coaches, now the rest of us wait.
We’ll get his answer next month, on Father’s Day, when he gathers with friends and family to announce his commitment.
“It’s less stressful,” Joyner said. “I’m not too stressed out than I probably would have been if I would have waited to silent commit. I’m excited to get it over with.”
The announcement will be made at Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston, S.C., about 4 p.m. on June 18.
In the meantime, Joyner, who is 6-foot-0.5, 202 pounds, is focused on preparing for the Elite 11 finals, which are June 2-4 in Los Angeles.
“I’m excited. I get to compete against [Clemson commitment] Trevor [Lawrence] again. I kind of pick up a lot of stuff from him. We kind of pick up a lot of stuff from each other,” Joyner said. “Really, I’m excited. I’m going to compete and hopefully get that top  spot.”
Joyner is familiar with several of the competitors, including Emory Jones (Ohio State), Jarren Williams (Kentucky), Devin Leary (N.C. State) and Justin Fields (Penn State).
Local QB remains on the radar
Beatty, a 3-star prospect from Ben Lippen School in Columbia, has picked up a handful of offers this month, including Appalachian State, Ball State, Temple and Western Kentucky.
South Carolina offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper has been to Beatty’s school twice during the spring evaluation period. Georgia offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jim Chaney also stopped by.
Mississippi State remains his lone Power 5 offer, but Beatty is receiving interest from several ACC schools. Beatty is one of three quarterbacks the Bulldogs are pursuing for two spots. The other two are 4-star prospects Gerry Bohanon of Earle, Ark., and Jalen Mayden of Sachse, Texas.
Beatty (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) transferred to Ben Lippen earlier this year from Chapin, where he played in a two-quarterback system as a junior. He was 93-of-155 passing for 1,414 yards with 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for 345 yards and 3 scores.
On Sunday, he was one of two quarterbacks to receive co-MVP honors at the EPT Showcase.
Doty was the other quarterback to take home an MVP award from the Showcase. A 2020 prospect from Myrtle Beach, S.C., Doty has early offers from Charlotte and Coastal Carolina.
It’s only a matter of time before higher-caliber programs come calling. South Carolina had Doty in for multiple visits. Clemson, N.C. State and Louisville are also expressing interest.
When it came to choosing sides in the in-state rivalry, Doty went with Clemson.
“Growing up with them, my grandparents were always big Clemson fans. My parents were big Clemson fans,” he said. “Growing up, always watching the games. This past year, we started going to more. The atmosphere there is electric and it feels like home.”
But South Carolina made a strong impression over the past several months.
“It’s definitely different, because we have to adopt the culture of Carolina. It’s just been a learning experience for all of us, but we’ve gotten up there,” Doty said. “We’ve watched some games. We’ve seen the campus. It’s a beautiful place.”