We have yet to see a better pure cover corner in the West region this year than Long Beach Poly's (Calif.) Vincent Joseph. Whether it was at the SoCal Nike Camp, USC's skills camp or the recent Nike 7 on 7 passing championships, Joseph has dominated the competition all spring.
Joseph, 5-9, 170 pounds will be a three year starter for the Jackrabbits next season. Poly is known for their outstanding defensive backs, among other things, and Joseph is one of the best we've seen. He was a 1st team all-state underclass selection last year and is a borderline top 100 player nationally in our eyes.
On the recruiting front, Joseph said he has set up two of his official visits and has a good idea of where his final three will be as well.
"I'm going to Washington in October when they play USC (Oct 21)," Joseph said. "They haven't me offered me yet but I talk a lot with the Washington coaches and they don't have a lot of corners on their roster right now.
"Plus my cousin Chet Sanders plays for Washington and he likes it there. I'm also visiting Oregon the first weekend in January (Jan. 6). I think me, Terrence (Austin) and Travon (Patterson) are all going to try and visit that weekend. Oregon has offered all three of us and I like Don Pellum a lot.
"The next two trip dates will be to Miami and Colorado. Miami said they want to offer me as soon as I get my SAT score up and I've always followed the Canes. Colorado is another school I like and they have offered me so I'm definitely going to take a visit there and just need to get the date set."
With his last visit, Joseph said he's looking at two schools including one who just verbally offered him.
"I was shocked but yeah, Texas just offered me over the phone," Joseph said. "I don't count them until I see it in writing but they told my coach I was being offered so I definitely want to check them out. I didn't even know Texas recruited out here that much but that's a big time program right there.
"I'm also looking at Washington State. They offered me and I know I can only take five trips but they're right there with the other five so we'll see what happens."
Academically, Joseph said he's carrying a 2.7 GPA and needs to score about 100 points higher on his next SAT attempt.