DALLAS — Alone, Corione Harris, Kelvin Joseph and Devonta Jason are three of Louisiana’s top prospects in the Class of 2018.
Together, they’re so much more.
Harris, Joseph and Jason — three of The Boot’s very best — represent a trio future stars for the LSU football program. They are all ranked among the top 12 prospects in the state in their class, with Joseph and Jason rated as Nos. 2 and 8, respectively.
Their elite status may have brought them together, but their commitment to LSU has bound them ever since they made those decision. It remains early in the recruiting process for all three, but each boasts double-digit offer sheets, and they’ve all counted on one another to ensure that they don’t go through the grueling process alone.
“When we started playing 7-on-7 together and going to LSU, we exchanged numbers,” said Joseph, a 5-star cornerback prospect.
“We formed a bond together and we stay in contact with each other and everything. It’s kind of crazy because we live so far apart, but we’re so close together, especially as we go through the recruiting process.”
The recruiting process naturally brings together elite prospects at events such as camps, combines and visits to college campuses. Yet Harris, Joseph and Jason continually find themselves at the same places at all the same times. Joseph stars at Scotlandville High School (Baton Rouge, La.), while Harris and Jason both attend Landry-Walker High School on New Orleans’ West Bank.
Distance hasn’t taken away from the three’s relationship, and in fact, their obvious commonality — commitments to LSU — has allowed for them to maintain a unique bond.
The recruitment of all three prospects took off his spring. Offers from SEC powers such as ‘Bama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M highlight just some of the marquee schools that have taken notice of the three.
Even though all are pledged to the Tigers, they’re really just starting to dive into the recruiting process.
“We pretty much get invited to all the same camps,” Harris, a 4-star cornerback, said. “When we come together, we conversate about it, about the recruitment. We meet up at LSU together and it just works out.”
Aside from the offers and visits, these rising juniors remain focused on what’s important: their crafts.
Joseph and Harris often try to slow down Jason, the nation’s No. 3 wide receiver in the class, but also share tricks of the trade with one another. That’s allowed the two cornerbacks to rank Nos. 1 and 3 at their position in the state, respectively. Conversely, lining up against the two elite defenders has helped Jason improve his game.
Competition aside, they are all aware that they share the same vision for their future.
“Us playing together right now, we’re coming together to get ready for the big stage,” said Jason, a 4-star receiver. “We get closer to try and build a bond because we got to live it up sooner rather than later. It’s dominant all around to have top-notch guys be cool with you and be so close. You go against the best, and that makes you best. I help them get better, and it’s good for everyone.”
“It’s fun,” added Harris, “because you’re not in it alone. You get familiar with people and just push them. Kelvin and I compete with one another for the No. 1 corner spot, and ‘Whop’ (Jason) pushes us when we go against him. It’s just real competitive.”
LSU lays claim to the No. 2 recruiting class in the country at this early, early stage for 2018 recruits. The trio of Harris, Joseph and Jason currently makes up 3/5 of the Tigers’ commitments.
As they begin to prepare for their junior seasons, each one has made significant strides since committing. LSU has not only already landed three of the top prospects from the state, but three very unique talents in their own right.
Perhaps the most special part about it, besides their outstanding skill sets, is the fact that Harris, Joseph and Jason are now nearly inseparable.
“We’re all just ballers,” Joseph smiled. “We can all step in when go in and we just play.”
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.