Joseph Visiting Mississippi State

Keith Joseph Jr. grew up in a football family. Keith's father played college football for Mississippi State under Coach Jackie Sherrill. The younger Joseph made the move from Gautier High School to Pascagoula as a junior and is poised for a huge season as a senior. Four schools have extended a scholarship with even more programs talking about following suit.

"I have offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Louisville and Louisiana Lafayette," said Joseph. "I am going to visit Mississippi State and they may end up offering me.

"I am headed up there now. They wanted to see me and just have me come and visit the campus."

While Joseph is hopeful that the Bulldogs offer, Mississippi State will have to recruit him just like everyone else.

"My dad played there, but I didn't really grow up a Bulldog," said Joseph. "I think it's a good school and they have a good team, but if I go there it will be because that was the right place for me and not just because my dad played there.

"I have them even with everybody else."

Joseph and his teammates at Pascagoula will soon be beginning their own spring practice sessions.

The 6-4, 230 pounder is eager to get the pads back on and work on getting better.

"Last year, I had transferred from another school (Gautier), so I had to get used to everything," said Joseph. "Now that I know what to expect, I feel like I can have an even bigger year this year.

"We have a lot of talent coming back and I feel like we can have a good season."

Several schools will be passing through Pascagoula to check in on the rising senior, so Joseph's offer list is expected to grow.

As things stand now, interested programs still have time to make a solid sales pitch.

"I am thinking about waiting until signing day," said Joseph. "You never know though.

"If I feel certain about my decision, then I will do it before then.

"I am just learning about the schools and seeing who offers me.

"I want to get to know all of the coaches and see what type of scheme that they are going to run for the defense."

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