DALLAS — It’s been five months since Kelvin Joseph committed to LSU, and in that time, much has changed.
Yet some things remain very much the same.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback has been newly minted as a 5-star recruit and the No. 3 prospect at the position in the Class of 2018, and named as 247Sports’ No. 1 player from Louisiana for the recruiting class, too.
Naturally, his ascension in the rankings has coincided with an expanded offer sheet, which now includes a host of national college football powers such as Alabama, Ole Miss and Notre Dame. But in no way has that diminished his commitment to the in-state Tigers.
“I looked into it, but I’m still committed to LSU,” Joseph told SEC Country. “That’s my No. 1 school, but it’s good have other options.”
The Scotlandville Magnet High School (Baton Rouge, La.) product believes the rise in the rankings is just. After all, since he committed to LSU, he’s worked to improve every facet of his game.
Joseph represents a big, physical corner that can slow down any opposing wide receiver at the point of attack. He excels in press coverage but has also worked at other positions in the secondary and in other styles of coverage.
“Well, it’s good to be the No. 1 player in Louisiana and the No. 3 cornerback in the nation, but I want to be No. 1,” Joseph said with a rare smile. “This whole spring really helped me develop my game.”
Since committing in February at the “Boys From The Boot” event, Joseph has made a handful of visits to LSU’s campus, including most recently to the June prospect camp.
Joseph had a chance to work out with LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and flaunt some of his new skills in front of his future position coach. At the same time, the Baton Rouge, La., native also used the camp as a learning experience to further his development.
“It helps me to be there,” Joseph said. “Whenever I step on campus, I already know what to do and I know what they’ll be looking for.”
One of the reasons why Joseph remains firm with his pledge to the Tigers and why he’s so quickly climbed up the national rankings is because of his bond with Raymond.
In a short time frame, LSU’s defensive backs coach has given Joseph advice that has worked exceptionally within the cornerback’s game. Not only that, but Raymond’s teaching style is conducive to the 5-star talent.
“He’s a good coach and he’s a teacher,” Joseph explained. “He doesn’t just tell what to do, but he helps you and walks you through it. He told me never to get down on myself and don’t stop working. When I mistake a mistake, just play through it and make plays.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.