The Sound Mind Sound Body camp has grown with each passing year, and the 2015 edition yet another step up. One of this year’s top performers was Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy junior defensive end Daniel Joseph. While his performance didn’t live up to his own standards, he still felt he learned a thing or two and improved overall.
“Me personally, I think I did alright,” Joseph told The Michigan Insider. “At some points I thought I thought I could have gone harder, but when it came to one-on-ones I definitely picked it up and went as hard as I could and got as many reps as possible. I tried to utilize everything the coaches taught us today.”
College coaches were swarming everywhere during the two days of camp, and the Wolverines were well represented with their entire coaching staff present. Joseph definitely felt their presence.
“I did get to talk to Michigan,” the 6-3, 240-pounder said. “I got to talk to Jim Harbaugh and Greg Mattison. Coach Mattison said I did pretty well and thought I was one of the best defensive ends out here today. He talked about life and how great life can get on a beautiful day that you can’t complain about. I got to finally meet Jay Harbaugh after talking to him on the phone and through Twitter, so it was good to see him.”
Joseph is ranked the #42 defensive end in the country and a three star recruit by Scout. He has raked in several offers including one from the Maize & Blue.
“Honestly, I think they are going to do a good job this year,” said Joseph. “I kind of feel the vibe through the coaches and having Jim Harbaugh and his son along with Coach Greg Mattison being the guy he is on their sideline. Definitely a school of interest for me especially due to their academics and the rebuilding of their program in a way. It is definitely a school of interest.”
At the conclusion of the Sound Mind Sound Body camp Joseph planned to make the short trip over to Ann Arbor to get an up close and personal view.
“I’m actually going to visit Michigan after this camp, so tomorrow morning and I should be able to get to Notre Dame’s camp and head up to Penn State for a visit,” said Joseph. “I want to see the facilities for sure and if possible their players. I want to speak to the players to get their feelings and how they feel about Michigan. I also want to see how they interact with each other and if they are meshing together well like a family environment.”
At the moment, Joseph has no top list