While the Seminoles have offered him already, the Gators have not. "They said they are still evaluating everything," Joe said. "We didn't really talk about an offer yet."
Gainesville is just under two hours from Joe's house and he admits that distance will play a role in his decision. "Distance will be one of the factors," he said. "I have a lot of offers from all over and I'll definitely think about the location. It'll just be one of the things that will be a factor."
He is being recruited by Florida's offensive line coach Steve Addazio and running backs coach Stan Drayton. "I like them a lot," he said about the Gators coaches. "I fee like it's a very prestigious program and I always have a good time there."
Another in-state school that Joe likes a lot is Florida State. "I have a great relationship with (offensive line) coach Rick Trickett," he said. "He's tough, but he's a great coach."
He says he's also excited by new ‘Noles head coach Jimbo Fisher. "I think coach Fisher is a step in the right direction," he said. "All the kids seem to have come together under the new coaches and I'm expecting great things from Florida State this season.
"I love it there," he said about Florida State. "It's an amazing place."
Joe, ranked as the No. 23 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but favors Florida State, Florida, Duke, Miami, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Stanford and Missouri. All of his favorites have offered, except the Gators.
His first offer was from another in-state program – Miami. The ‘Canes offered on September 1, 2009. "That's a good program," he said. "They have lots of tradition and I went to their spring game and really liked it. Their fans are great. I loved them."
Besides the in-state schools, the only other programs that he's already visited are Georgia Tech and Missouri.
"Missouri was surprising," he said. "It was incredible. I didn't know what to expect and I was really impressed. The facilities are amazing.
"The coaches are very caring too," he said about the Tigers staff.
One school that Joe hopes to visit is Stanford. "I've never been to California," he said. "But I've got a good relationship with (defensive line) coach Randy Hart and (offensive line) coach Tim Drevno.
"They came to my practice during the spring," he said. "They're real good coaches. They said that I'm the perfect package. I have the grades and athletics and they said that's the Stanford recruit.
"The Stanford degree is also very attractive in life," he said.
Joe plans to narrow down his list to five in mid-August. "I'll probably choose mid-season or after it," he said.
"I'll be looking for a good education," he said. "And what my relationship with the position coach is like and of course I want a great head coach. I also want to be on a family-oriented team.
"I just need to like them and feel like they fit with the kind of person I am," he said about his future team.
Joe says he never followed a specific team growing up. "I just cheered for all the Florida teams," he said. "If they played each other, I just hoped for a great game."
He also has offers from Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida International, Western Kentucky, Rutgers and a few others (22 total).
"I think I'm able to analyze the game and analyze the defense," he said. "I'm smart and I can see who's blitzing and react well. I have great vision and I always finish my blocks. I'm a great pass blocker."
He says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 500 and has a 28-inch vertical jump.
"I want to improve my pad level," he said. "I need to work on staying lower when engaging a drive."
Joe plans to major in journalism or communications and reports a 4.1 core GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and a 19 ACT.