Nadab Joseph was the first prospect to earn an offer from the LSU coaching staff this weekend at the team’s first high school camp, and his commitment Saturday afternoon put an exclamation point on the weekend.
After sitting on the offer for just less than 48 hours, Joseph informed coach Les Miles of his decision. But he had made up his mind way earlier than that.
The 6-foot-2, 173-pound defensive back from Edison High School (Miami, Fla.) spoke with Miles privately following Thursday afternoon’s inaugural camp practice session, but the two didn’t cover much football. Instead, Joseph helped LSU’s head coach figure out how to operate his watch, and he then realized this is type of person he could play football for.
“He (Miles) said he liked me, and we had good vibes and a lot of laughs, so that was good,” Joseph told SEC Country.
“I taught him how to use his watch. He knew how to use it, but didn’t know how to set the timer and stuff. He was talking into it and stuff, and I was just using my experience with the watch since I’ve watched YouTube videos and whatnot to learn about it. Once we did that, I was like yeah, I should come here.”
Joseph was one of two defensive backs to pledge to LSU during the camp (2019 in-state prospect Derek Stingley Jr. was the other), and is the newest member of the Tigers’ 2018 recruiting class.
The budding Sunshine State product worked out as a safety but discussed playing numerous positions in the LSU secondary when he arrives. He believes defensive backs coach Corey Raymond will put him in the right position to succeed at both spots.
“Coach Raymond is just a good coach,” Joseph said. “He told me about the scheme, and I feel like I would fit perfect. I’m used to playing safety and he wants me to play corner, and I love corner because I’m trying to get aggressive. I like a lot of man-on-man, and that’s better for me to press.”
Joseph was making his first trip to Louisiana and took in the LSU campus for the first time. He’ll return to Baton Rouge, La., for the team’s second high school prospects camp in July.
Then, he’ll be able to spend more time with the other Class of 2018 defensive back commits such as Kelvin Joseph and Corione Harris. In Joseph’s mind, the more elite members of the secondary, the better, and he’s anxious to talk about it with his future teammates.
“I’m always willing to compete,” Joseph said, “and at the same time, they’re going to make me better.”
Joseph joins a elite collection of Florida defensive backs to commit to LSU, following the pipeline established by the likes of Patrick Peterson, Rashard Robinson, Kevin Toliver II, and most recently, Saivion Smith.
That’s a lot of pressure on Joseph, but it’s the kind of hype he is striving to live up to. With Raymond in his ear, he believes he can continue Florida’s tradition of helping to sustain “DBU.”
“He (Raymond) was talking about making me a better player and how I can be a great benefit for the team and I could help the team,” Joseph said. “Hopefully, I can be the next best one and keep the history. It’s big, so I got to keep working.”
Another selling point in LSU’s favor was the school’s architecture program.
A rising junior, Joseph already knows that’s what he wants to pursue outside of football. The LSU coaches explained that they could put him in a position to not only succeed in the secondary, but as a future designer of buildings.
“They have great architecture,” Joseph explained. “I like to draw and I want to design buildings and stuff like that, and they said that they can help me out.”
Joseph’s journey to LSU began on Thursday when he picked up the offer — without even realizing he had.
Two days later, when Joseph informed Miles of his decision, the weekend ended as unique as it began.
“I was surprised because I didn’t even know,” Joseph laughed. “I found out when somebody said, ‘Congratulations’ and I was like, ‘What?’ ‘You got an offer,’ and I went to my coach and asked if I did. I was happy because it meant a lot. LSU is a big school and that’s a big opportunity that I couldn’t let pass me by.
“When I told Coach Miles he started smiling. Then he started dabbing, because of my name. I was happy then, too.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.