Future Pack Spotlight: LB Jarid Joseph

Lakewood (Calif.) linebacker Jarid Joseph was coveted by many schools but the instant connection he felt with the Nevada staff convinced him that he was meant to be part of the Wolf Pack.

"It seemed like a family atmosphere, the coaches seemed to be more into the players and cared more about their well-being than they did about football.

With that said, Joseph watched the Nevada defense struggle most of last season but he feels that their defensive scheme fits his skills set and that will help him make an impact right away.

"They have the weak side linebacker more like a safety linebacker and usually the other side is a bigger stronger linebacker," Joseph said. "I have a feeling I can play both of those positions because I've been doing it in high school and when I get there I'm going to be bigger so I think I will fit right in and do what they need me to do."

The Wolf Pack will gladly welcome a player that is solid in coverage and can tackle because they allowed 3,102 rushing yards and 2,962 passing yards last season.

Joseph is a player that faced adversity in his sophomore year in high school because his coaches would tell him he was too small to play defensive end. But he took it upon himself to get stronger and faster and eventually it lead him to make the switch to linebacker and prove his doubters wrong.

Strong character young men will only help head coach Brian Polian build a successful program for years to come.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 210-pound Joseph had a 5.04 40-yard dash and a 33.8 vertical jump in his latest testing results.

He was defensive linemen of the year in 2010 and 1st team all Moore league in 2012.

"I'm going to work in order to create a type of athleticism and different type of ability at positions that they didn't have before," said a confident Joseph.

With so much help needed on defense, this is a welcome sight for the Wolf Pack.


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