DB deciding whether to graduate early

Joseph Wylie is one of the top safety prospects in South Florida this year and the Lauderdale Lakes (Boyd Anderson) standout is committed to Miami. He talked about his senior season, the possibility of graduating early, and more in this interview with Scout.com...

"We finished the regular season at 9-1 with our only loss being to Lakeland," Joseph Wylie said. "Then we ended up losing in the first round of the playoffs. We didn't take it serious enough as a team and came up short and got knocked out way before we expected."

Wylie, 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, finished the season with one interception.

"I only had one pick but it was different this year," he said. "During my sophomore and junior years, nobody really knew who I was. This year my name got out there a little bit and teams did a good job of throwing balls I couldn't get to. I did finish as our team's second leading tackler behind our middle linebacker."

The talented safety prospect said he's now focusing on getting his grades in order and becoming a better safety.

"My DB's coach at BA works me out in the weightroom and then we do different drills on the field together," he said. "As far as my grades go, I got a 920 on the SAT. Miami told me I needed a 910 so I'm good there as long as I keep my grades up."

Wylie is part of an incoming recruiting class at Miami that has several players graduating early to start for the spring semester.

"I might do that," he said. "I'm taking the necessary steps because it would help me out. Me and my mom keep going back and forth on it. I'm taking Internet classes so I can get all my credits done. I had to do a whole year's worth of work in half a year. I'm on track but we'll see what happens."

Wylie is excited to join the Miami team.

"Coach Walton is coming by the house on Wednesday," he said. "There's a good opportunity there, especially if Kenny Phillips leaves early (for the NFL). If he stays, then it will be great learning from a senior leader like that. If he leaves, then that'll open the door even more for me."

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