The "Sabbath" is an unusual name for an unusual player-Sabbath Joseph. When asked how he got the name, Sabbath replied, "It's unique and a very special name because I'm one of a kind." This confident three star linebacker standing 6' and weighing 215 pounds from Miami Central High School runs a 4.5 forty yard dash. His outstanding senior season that saw him record almost 100 tackles with 7 sacks, 3 blocked kicks and 12 forced fumbles garnered him a great deal of college interest from around the country.
Joseph says he holds scholarship offers from Rutgers, South Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana State, and Arizona State in addition to the University of Cincinnati. The Orlando Sentinel named Sabbath the 11th best overall athlete in the talent rich area. Despite all this interest, the Bearcats were able to get Joseph to spend a few days on the Clifton campus last weekend, and Sabbath left impressed. "Everything went really well. I met some of the players and the coaching staff. I was surprised that I didn't miss Miami at all." Corey Smith was Sabbath's host and apparently made a good impression on the Miami linebacker. "I liked Corey Smith, and since he's a linebacker, he could help teach me a lot. I'd like to be like him and get some All Big East recognition."
Before Sabbath makes a decision, he has two visits planned at USF this weekend and later at Arizona State. Florida State had showed some interest but never offered a scholarship, and Sabbath figured they were no longer interested in his services. When asked about his favorites, he mentioned Cincinnati, USF and Arizona State.
Sabbath has been told that he projects as an outside linebacker at Cincinnati but said he wouldn't mind being considered as a safety as well. He identified a number of strengths. "I'm an aggressive player, and I run from sideline to sideline very well. I also like to study film to get an edge. I like to put a big hit on guys to make them think about me."
Grades could be an issue with this athlete although he was pleased with his first attempt on the SAT. He is also planning to take some extra classes this winter and in the fall to help with his academic eligibility.