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 the rumors swirling around LSU’s prized cornerback commit, Kelvin Joseph.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Not a day goes by that there isn’t chatter surrounding Kelvin Joseph and his commitment to LSU.
Joseph is the No. 2 overall recruit in Louisiana and No. 6 cornerback in the 2018 recruiting class. He is the Tigers’ longest-tenured commit in LSU’s class after giving his verbal to Les Miles last February at “Boys From The Boot.”
Fast forward 14 months, and Joseph has gained acclaim as an Under Armour All-American and “The Opening” finalist. His offer sheet reflects as much, with SEC West rivals Alabama and Texas A&M each working hard to flip the Baton Rouge native.
Somehow, someway, LSU has held onto its lead for the prized corner. That’s a credit to an aggressive approach from defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, who is in daily communication with not only Joseph, but his mother, father and Scotlandville (La.) High School coaches about the priority recruit.
“Everything is going good,” Joseph told SEC Country. “My relationship with (Raymond) is good. We’re in touch every day. He told me that I’m his guy and he needs me there, and it feels good to be their main priority.”
Joseph’s comments came at the Pylon 7-on-7 Invitational in Miami this past weekend, an event where the LSU commit wore a crimson Alabama T-shirt. He paired that with purple LSU shades that he rocked while playing safety and nickel corner for the Louisiana Bootleggers.
As far as the mixing and matching attire, the usually stoic Joseph laughed: “That’s just fashion.”
Joseph, who measures at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, is cognizant of the rumors swirling about his recruitment and the notion of a possible de-commitment or flip.
On Christmas, he made it clear that he was still firm in his pledge to LSU but he was open to being recruited by other schools.
The 4-star Baton Rouge corner has made several visits to campuses across the country this spring, including Alabama, Miami and several stops at nearby LSU. The visits should be taken as just that — visits — and the whispers on a major decision regarding his recruitment are perhaps overblown.
“I don’t know, but if I do I would’ve done it around the springtime. I probably would have done it already,” Joseph admitted.
The fact that Joseph didn’t is a positive sign for LSU and its chances of holding onto the prized corner, who also boasts the ability to work at both strong and free safety.
Joseph is joined by defensive backs Nadab Joseph, Caden Sterns and Ar’Darius Washington in the Tigers’ 2018 class, and with 13 commits LSU is holding tight to the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class and tops in the SEC. That’s an encouraging sign for Joseph, who is impressed by his future teammates. He’s hoping to see even more Louisiana natives follow suit.
“I like it. They’re building a powerhouse,” Joseph said of LSU’s class. “Everybody I talk to, I would want to be on the same team as them. Louisiana has a bunch of talent, so I want more Louisianimals. It doesn’t matter who they are, as long as they’re from Louisiana.”
Another factor that has helped LSU hold onto Joseph is the relationship he has with another fellow defensive back commit. Nadab Joseph committed to LSU 4 months after Kelvin did, and the 2 have forged a unique relationship over the past year.
Both Josephs are among the top prospects at their position and both are projected to man outside corner spots in the Tigers secondary. That should spell trouble for opposing teams when Kelvin and Nadab arrive on campus in a few months.
“We’re cool. We have the same last name, and that’s good,” Joseph laughed. “Those other teams ain’t going to have nowhere to throw, either.”
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