NEW ORLEANS — It has been a fast and steady rise to the top for Kelvin Joseph in the past couple of weeks.
In February, the Scotlandville Magnet High School (Baton Rouge, La.) product committed to LSU after the “Boys From The Boot” event.
More recently, Joseph was elevated to Louisiana’s No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2018 and the nation’s No. 3 cornerback.
But perhaps Joseph’s most prestigious accomplishment is his nickname.
Since he was a child, Joseph’s friends and family members have called him “Fat.”
Joseph was a hefty kid, but shed the weight as he grew up and eventually surfaced as one of the country’s most athletic and physical cornerbacks.
Now, “Fat’s” nickname has become quite a bit ironic, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder still doesn’t mind being called by it.
“I was kind of fat when I was little,” a smiling Joseph told SEC Country on Sunday at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans.
“When I grew up, I lost weight, but the nickname stuck. The nickname doesn’t bother me since I came up with it. It’s ironic.”
“Fat” is one of the cornerstones in the Tigers’ 2018 recruiting class, and the early commit has since returned to LSU for a visit.
Joseph spent time meeting with coach Les Miles and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, and remains even more confident in his decision to commit earlier this year.
“I feel that I had the right decision at this point,” Joseph said. “I went like two weeks ago, and it was good. I talked to them (Miles and Raymond) about the defense that they’re running and how everything was going with school. They kept me updated with everything that’s going on with the new system.”
Joseph feels as if he’s a perfect fit for LSU’s system, too.
The prized Louisiana recruit likes how many defensive backs are on the field at one time, and despite coming in as a cornerback, is open to playing multiple positions in the secondary.
“Oh, I like it,” Joseph said of the system. “I like how they play five defensive backs on the field at the same time and I can be in the rotation. They want me at corner, but I can see myself playing everything.”
Since committing in February, Joseph has picked up offers from Arizona State, South Alabama, Texas State and Texas-San Antonio.
The Baton Rouge, La., native claims Arizona State has emerged as his No. 2 school behind LSU, but based on his relationship with Miles and LSU, his commitment remains solid.
“Miles keeps in touch with me, and he says I’m a special guy,” Joseph said. “That feels good, and (my commitment) is solid. But they’ve got to make me feel like it’s home.”
All rankings reflect 247 Composite unless otherwise noted.