Joseph: "I'm All Rutgers"

Stroudsburg (Pa.) defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph has been a Rutgers commit for the better part of a month. Still hearing from other colleges, Joseph discussed why he is "all Rutgers" and preparing for a big senior season before his planned signing with the Scarlet Knights.

Like many under-the –radar prospects that make a verbal commitment, Stroudsburg (Pa.) defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph continued to hear from some other suitors after making his verbal commitment to Rutgers.

Other offers and recruiters, he said, are now backing off because he has made it clear that Rutgers is where he plans to play. Joseph held offers from Maryland and Temple and heavy interest from schools like Penn State before his verbal commitment.

"They're respectful about it because they know I'm committed and Rutgers is where I want to be," Joseph said. "I'm all Rutgers so they're backing off. … I appreciate the attention they gave me, but they have other people to recruit now."

Penn State reached out to Joseph for his academic transcript, he said, with an offer possibly to follow after he camped last month.

"Penn State found out the other day that I committed to Rutgers," Joseph said. "I told them I was going to go to Rutgers, so they just wished me luck and that's it.

"It's tough to tell a coach that you're already committed and not coming to their school because you feel bad. You do feel bad because you build a bond with them. You get to know them as people. When all four or five schools are not in it, it's tough to tell them, but they understand."

Joseph committed on June 23 after a visit to Piscataway with his family. In the three weeks that followed, Joseph watched excitedly as five other recruits made the same decision.

Via social media, Joseph is building relationships with future teammates including Nick Internicola of University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Anthony Cioffi of Dayton (Springfield, N.J.).

"It's awesome," Joseph said. "I'm really, really excited. I couldn't be more excited. More and more people are committing. We almost have a whole defense now. And I'm getting to know some and they're all really good kids and stuff like that."

The next step for Joseph, who begins his senior season in less than two months, is to continue training. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder plays every down for Sroudsburg (Pa.) on both sides of the ball and is focused on his strength and conditioning for the season.

"It's a lot of training, a lot of working out and running, all that good stuff," he said.

When his season starts, Joseph said he will feel like an improved player because of lessons learned at camp from Rutgers line coach Jim Panagos.

If Joseph sees a stats spike as a senior, he owes an extra thank you to his future position coach.

"I'm very excited to be coached by him," Joseph said. "I would say it's a blessing because he is great. I've already learned so much from him at the camp. He's a great man, so I can't wait to come play for him. I can't wait to go up there."


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