4-star DB Kelvin Joseph pushes LSU official visit back
LSU will not host an official visitor this weekend after all.
Kelvin Joseph, the Tigers’ newly minted defensive back commitment who returned to the class in dramatic fashion back on Jan. 6 at the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Game, will make no longer make an official visit to Baton Rouge this weekend.
Instead, Joseph will return to LSU for his official visit for Jan. 26 weekend with a slew of underclassmen, who will make the trek to campus for a junior day recruiting function. Joseph, who had originally planned taking his officials to LSU (Jan. 19), Alabama (Jan. 26) and Auburn (Feb. 2) — and in that order — will only take one official visit before Signing Day … and that will be to LSU.
Alabama, Auburn no longer hosting Kelvin Joseph
The change to Joseph’s official visits come as a result of a concerted push from the LSU coaching staff and their visit to Scotlandville (La.) High School a week ago. The coaches were well-aware of Joseph’s plans, but persuaded him in another direction.
“It’s over with,” Joseph’s mother, Latoria Stewart, said of his recruitment. “It’s the second time around, so I think that’s it. I think we made our final decision.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Joseph named Alabama and Florida State as the two schools that finished behind the Tigers in the final pecking order. Joseph made his way to Florida State for an official visit back in October right after he re-opened his recruitment, but that was under former coach Jimbo Fisher.
Alabama was supposed to host Joseph next week for an official visit, which is now penciled in for LSU. Nick Saban and the Tide have attempted to pry the All-American defensive back away from the Tigers for years, but in recent weeks, the Tide lost both defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to Tennessee and defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley to the Oakland Raiders.
LSU, meanwhile, was a source of continuity, especially with Raymond, who has been Joseph’s primary recruiter for years.
“We felt good about it because Corey, he’s just like family now,” Stewart said. “Every time we’re around him, he’s like one of our family members. He’s welcomed us with open arms and it’s good that he’s staying home because he’ll have a lot of family support in Baton Rouge. He’ll have a big support system and that’s because Corey is like family to us.”
A new-look final 4
There’s a possibility Joseph could shut things down after making his official visit to LSU this weekend, but even if he elects to go to Alabama and Auburn, he’s considered a solid bet to fall into the Tigers’ class.
With Joseph on board, that puts LSU at 21 signees and one key commitment. That’s one of the final four spots remaining in the 2018 class.
Who will join him in rounding out the haul?
- Patrick Surtain Jr., 5-star CB (Plantation, Fla.). Confidence level: 97.5 percent
- Ja’Marr Chase, 4-star WR (New Orleans). Confidence level: 85 percent
- James Foster, 4-star QB (Montgomery, Ala.). Confidence level: 60 percent
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