Joseph coming with Family to Florida

The Gators keep dipping into south Florida and Miami specific for talent and did the double dip on Wednesday with the addition of Norland linebacker Vosean Joseph and Eric Mitchell of Central. Joseph was offered a scholarship on Tuesday and by Wednesday he couldn’t hold out from pulling the trigger for the Gators.

The talk on Tuesday with gator linebacker coach Randy Shannon was a big one. Vosean Joseph is quite familiar with the Miami native and former University of Miami head coach. There is a bit of a trust factor going on there.

“It was a big offer because it was the first big one,” Joseph said after reflecting on offers from Miami, Bowling Green, and Kent State. “Randy Shannon and I are pretty close. He was a Norland (alumnus) and used to go to our school and everything.”

Joseph took a night to think things over and think back to the one time he visited Florida a year ago when he and a crew from Miami came up for Florida’S Friday Night Lights camp.

“We went up there for camp last year but we were late and I didn’t get to camp,” he said. “But, I got to see the school and all. I just liked it up there.”

So, he called Shannon on Wednesday and he let him know that he wanted to be a Gator.

“Coach Shannon said, ‘It’s on you big dog. You could go to any school you want to.’ I told him I am coming to UF, because my big bro Rayshad Jackson is going up there,” Joseph said of the Norland linebacker that just signed with Florida in the 2015 class. “He and Coach Shannon have a good connection like we do. Since he is going up there I want to follow him. My other home boy Eric (Mitchell), he committed today too.”

The big push for Miami area prospects is not anything that is going to change and Joseph understands why.

“It is big because they say that South Florida has the best talent,” he said. “We’re trying to get the talent better and make UF a winning program.”

Already Joseph is getting that family like feeling from his commitment to Florida, a place that is five hours away from home.

“It feels good,” he said about the public commitment. “I tweeted it and a bunch of fans started welcoming me, I feel real welcome. I am real happy.”

At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Joseph plans on getting to 225 pounds before the start of the season. A true hard hitting linebacker, nonetheless he said he will do whatever needs to be done when he arrives in Gainesville.

“I am an athlete,” he said. “If coach wants me to put me at corner I will play it. If he wants me at defensive end or safety, I will go. I am going to do what is best for the team, but they are telling me either outside or middle linebacker.”

And humility is a strong suit.

“I am a humble person,” Joseph said. “My friends will tell you that. I got the offer yesterday, but I still went to practice and was doing my best, still grinding. I have to grind even harder now.”


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