Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss Kelvin Joseph‘s newfound role in LSU’s recruiting class. The longest-tenured commit in the Tigers’ 2018 group is looking to add one final piece to the puzzle in the form of the nation’s No. 1 corner.
Kelvin Joseph wants Patrick Surtain at LSU
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Kelvin Joseph is the longest-tenured commit in LSU’s 2018 recruiting class. As the group adds its final pieces, the 4-star defensive back is eyeing a candidate to join him in the secondary.
While together for the week in Oregon, Joseph spent much of his downtime in the ear of 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. Joseph sees a lot of himself in the nation’s No. 1 cornerback and No. 5 overall prospect, and believes teaming with Surtain in Baton Rouge would lead the Tigers a step closer toward contending for a national championship.
“He can come in with me and we can both make an impact on each side,” Joseph told SEC Country at Nike’s The Opening Finals. “He’s really long, he plays big just like me. We’re both going to compete and it isn’t going to be easy. We can be the face of ‘DBU.’ “
Joseph, a top-40 prospect and the top-rated defensive back from Louisiana, has assumed the role of recruiter for the Tigers. That comes as his own commitment to LSU has been strengthened in recent weeks after his best friend and 5-star point guard Javonte Smart committed to Will Wade and the LSU basketball team.
Joseph took advantage of his time out West with fellow elite prospects, trying to sway them toward LSU. Surtain and Alabama 5-star wide receiver Justyn Ross were two of the targets that Joseph left the event impressed with and hopes could be teammates.
“It’s a big role for me, you know,” he said. “You want to bring in a lot of good people. That’s why I’m trying to recruit people here and make my team nice for when we come in.”
Part of Joseph’s pitch to Surtain is about LSU’s reputation of developing defensive backs. Yes, the “DBU” mantra.
Joseph was in Surtain’s ear for much of the weekend and will continue to recruit him until the 5-star prospect is close to making a decision. That could come after a visit to LSU’s campus later this month or during his senior season.
“I’ve been talking to Surtain about it,” said Joseph. “I tell him to come join ‘DBU’ because we would be nice.”
LSU’s 2018 recruiting class features a trio of defensive backs, including Joseph and fellow 4-star Nadab Joseph and 3-star Ar’Darius Washington.
Both Josephs are capable of lining up at corner or safety. Surtain fits the bill as a true corner and Washington fits the mold of a nickel in Corey Raymond’s secondary. Joseph believes he will ultimately wind up at corner with a very familiar target opposite him.
“I see me and Pat at corner and we’d both be lockdown,” he said. “Then we’d put Nadab and Ar’Darius at safety.”
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