"I fell in love with his work ethic," Dautrive said. "He catches everything you throw to him. He was lacking a little bit in the speed area, but he addressed that when he went to this running guru, Tom Shaw."
At Shaw's camp, which happens to be 20 miles from ESJ High School, Joseph displayed that work ethic and got his 40 time down to mid-4.4 range.
"Tom Shaw fell in love with him," Dautrive said. "Shaw said he's the hardest working kid that ever came through there. He's got the pros and college guys coming through there. (Reggie) would get out there and catch 1,000 balls with that jug machine. He's very, very driven."
This past season, ESJ averaged 53 points and 517 yards per game. Joseph caught 52 passes for over 1,000 yards, earning him first-team all-District honors.
Dautrive is convinced that Joseph would have put up much bigger numbers, but ESJ had two other big weapons on offense — QB Ryan Perriloux, 3,400 total offense yards, 47 TD, and Miami pledge RB Derron Thomas, 2,200 rush, 700 yards catching — and the wealth had to be spread around.
"He'll catch it in a crowd; he's a student of the game; he runs precise routes. And he really improved on his blocking," Dautrive said about Joseph, who made his official trip to Boulder the weekend of Jan. 9, where his host was CU receiver Stephone Robinson.
"It was beautiful, man," Joseph enthused about his future home.
Vance Joseph was Reggie's recruiter, and head coach Gary Barnett is scheduled to visit Reserve next week, according to Dautrive. Joseph said he's been told the opportunity is there for him to play early at Colorado, it's just up to him and how well he performs.
"I'm competing right away," he said. "I have a huge opportunity to start, as long as I come in and do my thing.
"Colorado was on my heart for a while. It's a chance to get away, and a chance to play in the Big 12," Joseph continued.
"They got them a good one," Dautrive said. "He made his tests. He's ready to be a Buffalo."
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