Almost two weeks removed from his commitment to LSU, Class of 2018 cornerback Kelvin Joseph can still hardly come to terms with the fact that he’ll eventually be a member of the Tigers.
Joseph pledged to LSU after attending the “Boys From The Boot” junior camp event as a sophomore, in a decision that he admitted was really a no-brainer.
The highly-touted cornerback out of Scotlandville Magnet High School in nearby Baton Rouge, La., grew up a fan of the Tigers. It was a dream of Joseph’s to eventually play for his favorite team.
It’s now up to Joseph to try and digest the fact that he realized his dream.
“It was always my childhood dream for me to get that offer, so it was very exciting and it felt like home on the visit,” Joseph told SEC Country.
“It was always my favorite (team) growing up, maybe because I grew up in Baton Rouge. But I really liked their defense and how they get after the ball on every play. I wanted to be on it … It was like a dream come true. I just stuck with God about everything and it all came to reality. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but maybe it will down the road.”
After pledging to LSU on Feb. 13, Joseph was overwhelmed by the response from his friends and family.
He has received by nothing but support, including some true humility and even a little hint of humor.
“My friends and my family were 100 percent about the commitment I made,” Joseph recalled. “My family was just very excited because not many members of my family have made it out to go to college. But my friends, they were saying that they couldn’t wait to buy my Tigers jersey.”
Joseph’s friends will have a bit of a wait until they can in fact purchase his LSU jersey.
Committing as a sophomore was not always Joseph’s plans, but landing at LSU was. Now the cornerback prospect can tend to other business and potentially open even more doors in his recruitment.
“There are some benefits from committing early,” Joseph said. “I might have opened a lot of coaches’ eyes and more people would have me on their watch list, but I feel like I will be playing in Tigers Stadium as long as the program stays the same.”
Joseph believes LSU will stay exactly where it is, though, and the Tigers’ coaches believe he will be a major asset in assuring that the program does.
During “Boys From The Boot,” the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Louisiana native spoke with LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and coach Les Miles, who all expressed confidence that Joseph would be a perfect fit for what the team aims to accomplish.
That matched not only Joseph’s college criteria, but his future plans, as well.
“I talked to Coach Cam, Les and I talked to Coach Raymond, and he stated that he liked my size, my ability to run and the way I was physically,” Joseph said. “LSU was a good fit because most of their players that they produce were NFL draft material, so I feel that I would be a good fit for that.”