ON LOCATION: Kendall Joseph

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MLB Kendall Joseph Profile

There's an awfully talented prospect that Jim Mora thinks is worth the trip, as does Charlie Strong.

Naturally, Dabo Swinney, Paul Johnson and David Cutcliffe don't have any issue when it comes to sending their coaches by Belton-Honea Path High School to see Kendall Joseph.

Those five head coaches represent each of the programs that have offered the three-star middle linebacker -- UCLA, Louisville, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Duke, respectively.

Georgia Tech had an assistant by last Friday. Louisville, Duke and UCLA sent coaches to the school earlier this week.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris paid a visit on Thursday. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables will be through next week for practice, so will UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos.

BHP head coach Russell Blackston said there are several reasons why Joseph is such a coveted prospect.

"He's just a good player. It's what you want. He does a great job on the defensive side, being the leader of our defense for the past two years," Blackston said, earlier this week during an ON LOCATION interview with CUTigers.

"A lot of times, you look at your linebacker and, a lot of times, that's the quarterback of your defense, the captain of the defense. He gets everybody set, down and distance, tendencies, all that kind of stuff. He's been a leader of our team."

According to Blackston, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker also does things the right off the field.

"Kendall takes care of his body, takes care of his academics," Blackston said, "Has good priorities, good goals, comes from good a family. He's a special player. We're blessed to coach him. We're looking forward to a great senior year."

Joseph credited those closest to him for helping him reach this point.

"My mom, my family, they told me to work hard," he said. "My mom, she made sure I was humble my whole career. She made sure I worked hard, stayed quiet and did my job. My dad was a hard worker, so that's what I've tried to do, just work hard and take care of everything else."

This spring, Joseph made visits to Clemson, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Duke. The only trip he's planned for the summer is a visit to Clemson.

"I talked to Venables about coming in June, but that's about it," Joseph said, "To the camp and to talk to him."

A decision could be made as early as June or as late as July.

"I just want to get it over with," he said. "It's been a great process already, but I don't feel like I need to draw it out. I just want to take care of business and take care of my senior year."

Joseph added, "I'll have it narrowed down, but I won't let it out. I won't have favorites. I'll just make my decision."

The No. 31 ranked middle linebacker in the class of 2014 has a few factors to keep in mind as he works towards that summer decision.

"I just want to be able to play for that coaching staff at the linebacker position. The linebacker coach, I want to see what kind of man he is," Joseph said. "I want to see how early I can get on the field. That's real important to me, as well as academics. I want to go to a good academic school. The degree is important."

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

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