2013 Signee Spotlight: Boaz Joseph

Florida defensive back Boaz Joseph said it was "like a loud boom" when he committed to Nebraska.

CB.) Boaz Joseph

6-foot-1, 190-pounds / Cypress Bay high school (FL)

"He loves to play bump and run. He's strong and physical enough to challenge even bigger receivers. He lacks great top end speed, which makes you wonder if he'll be better suited to play safety in college. He has plus cover skills though, and is generally considered one of the top defensive backs in Broward County."
- Mike Bakas, FOX Sports NEXT Florida Recruiting Analyst

Senior Honors: Third-team Class 8A all-state honors

Senior Stats: 52 tackles, 12 PBUs, four INTs

The Lowdown: Boaz Joseph was one of the Huskers' eight commitments in January in the 2013 class. Joseph, who really didn't focus on recruiting until late in the process, committed less than a week after visiting Lincoln on January 18th.

"The thing I took away from it is the fans show the team and college so much love. Football is number one there," said Joseph. "When I told the coaches I was committing, it was like a loud boom, an explosion from them.

"They recently gave me a workout and it's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going to study the playbook also and learn it. Hopefully it helps me get on the field faster."

With the size of an SEC corner, Joseph helped lead the Lightning to the Class 8A Florida State championship, where they would lose to Apopka high school 53-50. It was Cypress Bay's state-championship run that caused Joseph to put his recruitment on the back-burner.

"I bring speed, strength, and blood/tears to the football field," said Joseph, who's eager to get back to work after losing in the state-finals his senior year. "I go hard on the football field. There is no stopping. That's exactly what I'm going to do for four or five years at Nebraska. That's the type of player fans are going to get."

Joseph has plans to run track this spring. He ran the 100m, 4x100m, and 400m last year. His best time in the 100m is a 10.4.

Why Nebraska: "I felt comfortable with the coaches and the players. They never stopped recruiting me and were always strong about it, so they were number one on my list for the longest time."

Who Else: Louisville, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Purdue, Missouri, Minnesota and Pittsburgh

Who Recruited Him: Terry Joseph

FOX Sports NEXT Rating: Three-star prospect (No. 133 CB in the country)

BRR Projection: The only true cornerback in the class is a physical presence that is comfortable playing in either tight bump and run coverage or drop off and play in zone. Joseph has a long frame that he uses to his advantage and because of his play in zone, and the possibility that Joseph could add weight to that frame; there is a possibility that Joseph could be a safety if he adds weight. The luxury that Nebraska will have next year on defense is experience and depth at the cornerback positions. It's likely that Joseph gets a redshirt season to add weight and learn the position next season.

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