Looking Back: William Joseph

Due to requests from readers, I went back into the archives and dug out some information that's been stored away for several years now. The dust has been cleared off, and in the first installment of looking back at the recruiting process of some current players, lets look back on defensive tackle William Joseph.

Miami Edison Coach Corey Bell knew he had something special following William Joseph's junior season.

"We think we have one of the state's top linemen," Bell told me in the spring prior to Joseph's senior season. "William's a great athlete. He's very quick and he's a hard hitter. You can't block William with just one guy."

That's the reason I made Edison one of my stops during the May evaluation period - to watch Joseph. When May 1 rolled around, every major college program in America began recruiting the talented defensive end. And about a week before his spring jamboree, Joseph ended the recruiting process early by committing to the Hurricanes.

"I wanted to stay close to home and I think they're really turning things around," Joseph told me one night after he committed.

Joseph went on to have an outstanding senior season, as expected. He finished with 109 tackles, 17 sacks, and six caused fumbles before being named first team All-Dade County and second team all-state in Class 6A.

Then 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Joseph decided it was in his best interest to take some recruiting visits. His first trip was to Kansas in December, followed by visits to Miami, Florida State, and Florida in the month of January.

Then signing day came and Joseph felt most comfortable with the hometown Hurricanes. A few days before signing day, Joseph told me why he picked the Hurricanes. "They're the hometown team and I can help them win a national championship. That's my goal."

Four years later, Joseph (who is now 6-5 and 290) is the best defensive lineman for the top-ranked Hurricanes, and he'll have an opportunity to fulfill that goal of winning a national championship on January 3 in Pasadena.

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