Joseph elated with ASU offer

Lately Patrick Joseph has been a regular at ASU's spring practices, and his visit yesterday to Sun Devil Stadium was probably a little more enjoyable than the previous ones. The local Candler Hamilton offensive lineman met with Head Coach Todd Graham after Thursday's session and received a scholarship offer from the Sun Devils.

"Earlier in the week I thought that I would get a scholarship offer from Arizona State," Joseph said. "But I was a little surprised I got the offer tonight (Thursday) since I didn't think they would offer me this quickly and maybe wait until sometime during my senior year."

Joseph said that the "new direction" the program has been taking has been very appealing to him.

"They are starting to go after more local guys," Joseph explained. "They are really re-shaping the football program. The new coaches have been great. Coach Graham doesn't only want talented players, he wants players with high character too. The character of the team seems to be improving. They help each other out in practice, and it's high intensity.

"They seem to have a great group of players and I'm sure he'll have a great group of players coming in too."

The 6-3 270-pound Patrick Joseph said that his biggest impression from observing practices is that he noticed the ASU offensive line getting off the ball quickly and playing with a "nasty" attitude. He said that the ASU staff feels that he could be a good fit if he decided to commit here.

"Coach Graham said that I'm highly explosive and high aggressive player," Joseph commented, "and that the way I play is very hostile in that sense. They play a similar scheme that we play at Hamilton so I'm familiar with it."

Chandler Hamilton has been one the powerhouse high school football programs in-state for several years now, and Joseph believes that even with the graduation of some of the team's standouts such as Kendyl Taylor and Reggie Daniels, that the Huskies won't miss a beat in the 2012 campaign.

"We have a lot of good talent coming back, that is for sure," Joseph said. "Our whole entire offensive line, aside from center, were underclassmen. So I'm very excited about having a solid O-Line. We have a great athletic quarterback in A.J. Thigpen who will do great things. We have a strong defense with guys like Cole Luke.

"It's definitely going to be a good season for us."

Arizona, Army are the two other programs who have offered the lineman to date, and Joseph feels that his next offer may well come from Air Force. The two service academies are the only two programs that have been heavily pursuing him, but also one that he hasn't visited yet and would like to take a trip to in the upcoming months.

As much as he was excited about the Sun Devils offer, Joseph says that he never thought of committing to the hometown school last night.

"ASU is a great school and a great program," he said. "I know a lot of people here and that is the team I've been following the most. But I want to wait and see what all my options are and take visits to the other campuses who offered me. But right now they are definitely in my top four."

Joseph is unsure when he will decide to give his pledge to the school of choice, but does know what factors will influence his decision.

"The character of the coaching staff," Joseph said. "If I feel very comfortable around them that will be a big deal. Location is maybe a little bit of a factor. I would like to stay close home, but I would also like to see the country a little bit. Education and a winning football program are also important to me."

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