For Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Vincent Joseph, the waiting was definitely the hardest part. The talented corner made no secret his dream school was USC and after taking an official visit this past weekend and receiving the scholarship offer he has been hoping for since the summer, Joseph wasted no time in making a decision.
"I'm a Trojan," Joseph said. "I'm so excited right now because this is home for me and USC is where I've always wanted to go. I'm not afraid of competition and I know in my heart I can play there. The coaches wouldn't be offering me if they didn't think I could play for them.
"It's funny, coach Burns and Coach Carroll were breaking everything down for me and telling me how when I come in to the program, I'll have more corner experience than anyone they have right now. That's because almost all of their corners are converted safeties. Terrell Thomas, Will Harris, Josh Pinkard, all those guys played safety in high school.
"I started for three years at Poly and Coach Carroll was telling me that with my experience, I'll be able to play early. I really didn't need to be sold though. I'm very confident in my ability and I felt like I could have played at SC all year. My only question was what was taking them so long. I guess the staff had been evaluating me a lot more the last few weeks and it's pretty crazy how fast everything came together this weekend.
"Since I don't have a cell phone, the SC coaches actually called Travon (Patterson) at school on Friday and told him to tell me to call them. So I called up Jethro (Franklin) and he said, 'Vincent, get up for a visit, we need you here by 2:00.' He said he had already called my mom and she my bags packed so I raced home and then got driver over to SC, it all came together that fast.
"The trip was great but I had already seen everything before. I love the school and the campus and it was just fun hanging around all the guys. I had a good time and then on Sunday, that's when I met with up with Coach Carroll and he told me he was offering me a scholarship. I just smiled and said, 'OK, I'm in.'
"Right now, I'm just really glad I waited because there were a lot of times I was close to committing elsewhere and writing USC off. I just was never sure how serious they were about me. They would always call and say they liked me but I never had an official offer. Now that I got the offer, it's just a relief for me and I'm ready to get started right now."