Venables offers instate MLB

Belton-Honea Path junior linebacker Kendall Joseph made visited Clemson on Wednesday to watch the Tigers' first scrimmage of the spring.

MLB Kendall Joseph Profile

After several hours on campus, Joseph left for him without receiving word of an offer. Brent Venables contacted him later that evening.

"I left Clemson thinking I didn't have an offer," Joseph told CUTigers on Wednesday night. "Venables sent me a message on Facebook…I called him and he was like, ‘Man, I heard you didn't know we offered you.' He was like, ‘Dude, we offered you all the way.'

"He was saying that he really wanted me to play for them and he could really see himself coaching me, so it was really great."

The Clemson offer joined UCLA, Louisville, Appalachian State and Furman.

"It's most definitely a program that's basically rising to the top," Joseph said of Clemson. "It's a family atmosphere with a great education and great coaches that are really enthusiastic and love the players."

Although he grew up right around the corner from Tigertown, Joseph did not grow up rooting for Clemson.

"I didn't really follow college football. I was a really big NFL fan, so I really didn't have a favorite college football team," he said.

That's still the case.

"I have no favorites at this point. Of course, Clemson, UCLA and Louisville are at the top, but I couldn't say that I have any favorites right now," Joseph said.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect thinks Georgia Tech could be next to offer.

"I've been talking to them on a regular basis. It's the only school that I've been talking to on a regular basis," Joseph said.

Clemson signee Ben Boulware speaks with Joseph on a regular basis -- they workout together.

"He's told me it's a fun process. We haven't talked about it too much," Joseph said. "He just told me to enjoy it, never let anybody know your favorites until you have a true favorite, small stuff like that."

As a junior, Joseph had 129 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and five rushing touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball.

As a sophomore, he had 115 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and six quarterback hurries.

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