Mom meets Dabo, Venables

Kendall Joseph visited Clemson on Friday so his mom could meet with head coach Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

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The three-star middle linebacker from Belton-Honea Path High School took his mom to the Orange and White spring game. But, on that trip, she was unable to meet with Swinney and Venables.

That's why Joseph scheduled his most recent visit to Clemson.

"We got to spend quality time with the coaches and see what they're all about. That's really all I wanted to do," Joseph told CUTigers over the weekend.

Mom was impressed with what she heard.

"She loved them," Joseph said. "She really loved coach Venables. He had a lot of energy. She liked that. We got to spend a lot of time with Dabo. She really liked him."

What was their message?

"Dabo was presenting his vision about Clemson and how far we can go. He said the program is still rising.

"We got to spend a lot of time talking about the system and how successful [Venables] had been coaching, how I would fit in with the defensive assignments and stuff like that."

Joseph is down to three finalists -- Clemson, Duke and Louisville. He'll visit Duke on Friday, June 14.

"We kind of wanted to go up there again because we didn't get to see the dorm rooms and some stuff. There are going to be a lot of commits and people there. I just want to go up there, spend time with them and see what that's all about," Joseph said.

A decision will be announced that following Monday, June 17.

"I'm going to talk to my coach and let him know. I'll call all of the coaches, tell them thank you and let them know where I'm going," Joseph said. "I'll probably tweet it out as well, because it'll spread pretty fast that way. I'm pretty sure that will be it."

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. Top Stories