One final visit

Before making his decision on June 17, Belton-Honea Path linebacker Kendall Joseph will take one last unofficial trip.

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Joseph will be on the Clemson campus this Saturday. As of Monday night, he had no plans to visit Louisville or Duke, the other two schools in his final three.

The specifics about Saturday's trip have yet to be ironed out, but Joseph has an idea what will happen.

"I talked to coach [Brent] Venables, and he hasn't planned it all out," Joseph told CUTigers on Monday.

"But I'm sure will visit the campus, tour the campus and see the facilities. I'm probably going to sit down and talk with Dabo [Swinney] for a while, talk with the whole coaching staff, get to know them better. I'll probably see about them academically, as well."

The No. 31 ranked middle linebacker in the class of 2014 shared his thoughts about each of the three schools he's currently considering.

Clemson: I really like Clemson because of coach Venables, he's a great coach. He's a great mind, he's really developed linebackers and he's just a great coach. He's done a lot in his career. It's an amazing program. You can't go wrong with Clemson.

Duke: A great coaching staff. They've recruited me the hardest out of all the schools. I feel like they're up and coming. They're still trying to turn some things around and build that program up in the ACC. That's what I really like about Duke.

Louisville: Coach [Charlie] Strong is an amazing coach. He's a players coach and a great defensive mind. They're really doing good things. They're moving to the ACC. They're ranked in the top 10, I think, preseason. So that's a big-time school.

Three main factors will be kept in mind as Joseph works towards the decision.

"Just the relationship with the coaches, that's number one, to have a real good bond with all of the coaches," he said. "The academic part, I want to make sure I can get a degree. [Also], I would love to hit the field early. I want to make an impact early. I would like to avoid a redshirt."

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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