MIAMI — It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for Nadab Joseph since June.
Then, the Class of 2018 4-star defensive back attended LSU’s prospect camp, earning his first marquee scholarship offer from the Tigers and committing to then-coach Les Miles before returning home to Miami.
LSU represented Joseph’s third offer, but when Corey Raymond lands a safety, the rest of the nation takes notice.
Since committing, Joseph has tacked on eight more offers from college football powers such as Auburn, South Carolina, Florida State and Georgia. Last week during an unofficial visit, Florida followed suit as well.
In the five months since committing, LSU has made a change at head coach while Joseph’s recruitment has ballooned. Yet neither have impacted where he stands.
“My commitment is strong, real strong,” Joseph told SEC Country. “I’m keeping my mind open still, but it’s strong. I’m not going to not go to a camp or see what’s out there, though.”
“It’s weird now,” he added. “Now all the eyes are on me. I have to perform to show everyone what they’re talking about. I have to work harder than I used to, but it’s been fun and I like it.”
Joseph, who measures 6-foot-2 and 173 pounds, is ranked as the No. 15 safety in the junior class. He is one of two defensive back commits in LSU’s 2018 collection along with 5-star cornerback Kelvin Joseph.
Both Josephs remained firm in their commitments to LSU even after Miles lost his job at the end of September.
Since then, Ed Orgeron has taken over the team on an interim basis and is the early front-runner to be the full-time head coach. Joseph said he was sad to see Miles go — especially considering the relationship they had forged in a short time at the June camp — but remains steadily impressed with the direction LSU is heading in under Coach O.
“When I heard about it (Miles), I was like, ‘Damn, that’s my dog,'” Joseph recalled. “But I couldn’t pout about it. It is what it is. When I get there, I just have to do what I have to do. … He (Coach O) has been calling all the right stuff and we’re back at it again, and I was proud of them.”
Part of the reason the standout Miami safety hasn’t wavered from his commitment is because of the time Raymond has devoted to him.
LSU’s secondary guru was in immediate contact with his future safety after the team made the coaching change, then recently flew to Florida to check in on Joseph as Miami (Fla.) Edison High battled for a district championship.
Communication has been consistent and the messages have remained the same.
“We talk almost every day,” Joseph said. “I talk to him like he’s my brother. He’ll ask if practice was good today. I’ll tell him I got hurt. He’ll tell me to get well. He’ll tell me he’s been up all night trying to figure out this offense, so I’ll let him get back to that. Then, he’ll say good night and I’ll say good morning.
“It’s stuff like that. It’s a blessing. I like it because I’d rather be talking to him than not talk to him.”
Joseph was supposed to return to Baton Rouge for the first time since July to take in his first game last Saturday, but the elite safety missed his flight. He is expected to be on hand when LSU hosts Florida on Nov. 19.
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