Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Vincent Joseph took his second official visit of the year this past weekend to check out Colorado. A week ago, the talented corner visited Washington State and has two more trips set up for early November.
Joseph, 5-9, 180 pounds is a three year starter for the Jackrabbits and one of the elite defensive backs in the West this year. He raved about his time in Pullman a week ago. Did the visit to Boulder measure up?
"The trip was just OK for me," Joseph said. "I think I may have picked the wrong weekend to be honest. I think it was like a family weekend for the players or something because there were so many parents there that I never really hung out that much with the guys on the team. Terry Washington and Gardner McKay were my hosts but I barely saw Gardner because I think he was with his family most of the time.
"I liked the coaches and all, don't get me wrong. Colorado is a cool place. Coach Hagan took me around and showed me the campus and the city. I saw some buffalo and we talked a lot about the school and how I would fit in. They have a nice depth chart and by nice, I mean I think I would get a chance to play pretty early so that was cool.
"I just think overall, the trip just didn't have the same excitement as I had at Washington State. On that visit, they played UCLA, a top 10 team and the game went into overtime and the crowd was just crazy. On this trip, Colorado blew out Kansas and it was over early so there just wasn't that same adrenaline rush.
"Plus I just had a chance to bond a lot more with the players at Washington State. At Colorado, they have a curfew and even though I'm not real in to going out late, I still wasn't expecting to be dropped off at my hotel at 11:00 and that was it. So I hung out by myself a lot and just watched some movies. It was cool, the trip was cool but I just didn't get that same 'wow' factor that I did at Washington State."
Joseph will now take a few weeks off and then has trips with Oregon (Nov. 5) and Cal (Nov. 11). It also sounds like he could be getting ever closer to the dream offer he has been waiting for.
"I think USC is real close to offering me," Joseph said. "They lost another corner this week (John Walker) and I know they don't have a lot of depth. I've been text messaging a lot with Coach Franklin and he has been telling me an offer could be coming soon. I definitely want to take the rest of my trips but if SC offered, it would be hard not to just jump on it but we'll see. They haven't offered yet so I don't want to get my hopes up or anything but hopefully something will happen with them pretty soon here."